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Goodbye, Susan

February 11, 2012

ImageHi everyone, I’m deeply sorry to post here that the founder and leader of the Women in Planetary Science blog, Susan Niebur, passed away on February 6, 2012 after a lifetime of love, crusades, and strength. You may not have known she was battling inflammatory breast cancer for 5 years. You may not have known because, during that time, Susan set up this blog, set up the women’s breakfast at LPSC, and worked with so many of us to post information, interview our colleagues, and collect our images on Pinterest. As well as publishing papers, keeping up her own blog  (Toddler Planet), and working as an advocate for women with breast cancer. Several touching tributes to Susan can be found here and here.

Nobody wants what Susan founded to fall apart and lots of people are working to ensure it doesn’t. There will be a Women in Planetary Science event at LPSC – it will be Wednesday evening rather than a breakfast. The details will be posted here when they get finalized. Several of the blog contributors are working together to make sure the blog keeps going, and that the 51 Women in Science series not only gets finished, but expands. We’ll be discussing that at LPSC as well. We hope that if you have an interest in contributing, curating, organizing, etc. that you join us, comment here, or send email.

Susan’s family asks that you please consider furthering Susan’s legacy through a contribution to the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation – or please choose to make a difference somewhere, anywhere, to anyone. 

15 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2012 1:11 pm

    Thank you Susan for all of your efforts and for your inspiring courage. Though we never met in person, I have followed your posts for some time, and quietly kept you and your family in my thoughts. You will be missed…

  2. February 20, 2012 12:24 pm

    Please let me know what I can do to support this blog so it continues to grow.

  3. Fran Bagenal permalink
    February 15, 2012 6:47 pm

    Susan – you’re an inspiration – we will keep the force forward!
    Many thanks for your huge energy and hard work for women in planetary science.
    You will be missed.

  4. noor permalink
    February 14, 2012 6:10 pm

    she will be missed, I will continue.

  5. Myriam Telus permalink
    February 13, 2012 1:33 pm

    Thanks Susan for all your hard work. You will be missed.

  6. February 13, 2012 12:53 pm

    Such sad news – I’m glad to hear the projects that were near and dear to her heart will keep going.

  7. Nina permalink
    February 11, 2012 11:53 pm

    I am so grateful to Susan for her dedication to us, the women of planetary science. What a warm, intelligent, and lovely lady. Let’s continue to do the work that she began, together.

  8. February 11, 2012 11:42 pm

    I am so happy that these projects, which were so very important to her, will continue.

  9. Kathleen Mandt permalink
    February 11, 2012 9:31 pm

    Susan was such an amazing woman. I never had the chance to meet her in person, but our exchanges by e-mail were very uplifting when I needed encouragement. Her work in support of Women in Planetary Science is a legacy that will keep her memory alive. I feel honored to have known her in the small way that I did.

  10. Ann permalink
    February 11, 2012 8:22 pm

    What a shock. I’ve enjoyed her posts from time to time. She will be missed.

  11. February 11, 2012 7:03 pm

    I should also put in a heads up that I’m working on archiving the Pinterest board on my account so we can add to it as we find more women in planetary. Susan had emailed me a few she still needed pictures of, and I recently realized I knew a few that were missing.


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