The Society of Indigenous Physicists (SIP) is an emerging network of Indigenous people trained in the discipline of physics, including astronomy and planetary science. We are committed to building community among Indigenous physicists, supporting each other as we navigate academia, industry, non-profit, and consulting spheres. The SIP provides space where we can bridge our identities as Indigenous people and as physicists. This connection serves as a foundation for integrating our scientific contributions with our work to serve our communities through activities such as innovative Indigenous education programs, language-based initiatives, and policy change.
Professor Kathryne J Daniel is an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at Bryn Mawr College. She earned her PhD in Physics & Astronomy from Johns Hopkins University in 2015 and started a tenure track position at Bryn Mawr College the next year. Daniel’s research focuses on how spiral galaxies, like our Milky Way, evolve themselves through a complex gravitational dance. She is a queer woman of Chickasaw and Comanche heritage. Her identity and perspective from the margins informs her scientific approach, teaching methods, and mode of engagement with community. She is a member of the Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), serves on the AAS Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA), and organizes and hosts workshops combating racism in STEM. Daniel is particularly proud to have co-founded the Society of Indigenous Physicists in 2020.