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Co-Winner Jatila van der Veen

Jatila van der Veen is currently on the faculty of the Physics Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she teaches undergraduate physics, maintains the web-based instruction program, and works with pre-service science teachers and teaching assistants. For more information about Jatila van der Veen, check her home page, http://www.physics.ucsb.edu/~jatila/.

Van der Veen realized that Chandra's pioneering work on the structure and evolution of stars was central to the kind of observations that NASA's premier X-ray telescope would be making. Also, she appreciated the literal translation of his name since she had spent a year in India studying dance, thanks to a grant from the Indian government.

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