Laura Lopez

Assistant Professor of Astronomy

Ohio State University


I am originally from Barrington, IL, a northwest suburb of

Chicago, and I graduated from Barrington High School in 2000. My Chicago roots are evident by my love of windy city sports teams, my Midwestern twang (which has been diluted over the years), and my obsession with Baker’s Square Pie. Yum.

Much of my childhood was spent playing violin in the Suzuki Music School of Barrington under the musical influence of my mom, a piano teacher and head of the school. I really enjoy music, so I go to lots of concerts and local shows.

Mini me,

circa 1989.

My father is Mexican American, and I care deeply about diversity and enhancing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the sciences at all levels. I am serving my second term on the AAS Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA), and I have been the Editor of the CSMA’s newsletter Spectrum since 2005.

Me speaking at the White House on women in science, 2009