A leading woman in STEAM

  • May 13, 2022
A leading woman in STEAM

Yama Dixit to feature in a book on leading Indian women in STEAM disciplines

A Gates Cambridge Scholar has been selected as one of the 75 leading women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics in India.

Yama Dixit will feature in the second edition of the book She Is, published by the Red Dot Foundation in partnership with the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India to mark 75 years of India’s independence. The book covers the stories of 75 awardees and will be published in August. The 75 awardees were officially revealed at an event in March at the residence of the British High Commission to India.

The aim of the book series is to showcase more women role models, make visible the leadership of women and generate interest in the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 75 were chosen from 200 applications and nominations by a jury of experts.

Yama [2009], who was recently appointed an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, has also joined the editorial board of the Nature portfolio journal Communications Earth & Environment.

Yama did her PhD in Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Her broad area of research focusses on Quaternary paleoclimatology, in particular in the tropics, reconstruction of past monsoon and Indo-Pacific warm pool rainfall variability, changes in hydrology, abrupt climate changes and its impacts on ancient societies.

To decipher past changes in rainfall, temperature and salinity, she uses the stable isotope and trace element composition of biogenic carbonates and geochemistry of sediments. Prior to joining IIT Delhi, she has postdoctoral experiences as a Research Fellow at the Earth Observatory of Singapore and Marie Curie Prestige and LabexMER fellow at IFREMER France.

*Photo credit: Yama Dixit is pictured second left with the Principal Scientific Adviser Professor K Vijay Raghavan [far left] and the British High Commissioner Alex Ellis [far right]. The other awardee is Rashmi Putcha [second right]. Also in the photo is Supreet Singh from Red Dot Foundation in the middle of the photo.

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