Theoretical physicist Ágnes Mócsy
(she/her/hers) is a Visiting Professor in the Physics Department as part of the Yale Presidential Fellow Program, on leave from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Ágnes, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has made groundbreaking contributions to the study of the nature of matter when its temperature is cranked up to several trillion degrees, a condition that existed a millionth of a second after the Big Bang. Her current career focus is interdisciplinary—exploring physics in conjunction with the arts, and questions of social justice, particularly through the climate of science. Passion for spreading her love of learning is the driving force between her experimental approaches to physics education both inside and outside of academic settings. Her first documentary film Smashing Matters: Behind the Science Scene
premiered at the New Haven Documentary Film Festival in 2017. She has written for the HuffPost, has produced and performed various science communication shows in NYC venues, including science-inspired fashion shows. Previously, Ágnes has held positions at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark; as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and at the RIKEN-BNL Center at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY; and visiting appointments at École Polytechnique and CEA Saclay in Paris, France. She is on the advisory board of SistersMATR
, an organization by and for “Daughters, Dreamers, Doers and Disrupters”, especially for young women of color. She loves spending time immersed in the world of books, the beat of music, and delicious cuisine, stimulated by theatre or chilled through meditation. In her free time (wait, what? what’s that?!) you might find her on her road bike or sipping a cocktail under a palm tree tree (or at least dreaming about it...).