THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCIENCE AND THE ARTS IS NOT THAT THEY ARE DIFFERENT SIDES OF THE SAME COIN EVEN, OR EVEN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE SAME CONTINUUM, BUT RATHER, THEY ARE MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SAME THING. THE ARTS AND SCIENCES ARE AVATARS OF HUMAN CREATIVITY.
Divya’s research has spanned planetary remote sensing, surface science, and stereo imaging and topography. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Space & Climate Physics at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory, where she is developing methods of 3D image processing, visualization, and analysis for Mars surface geology. She is also a postdoctoral scholar with the Europa Lander team at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
WRITING AND MUSIC
Divya is also the poet of the upcoming book do not perform this: a song cycle, which won an Editor’s Choice Award (‘Great’ Indian Poetry Collective, 2017), and two self-published collections, color (2016) and de caelo et tellure (2015). Divya has read and published her poetry internationally. Divya’s debut as a composer was the self-produced song cycle/album THEY WILL BE FREE (2017), which fuses epic poetry and contemporary classical music. She hopes to be the first cellist on Mars.
EVENTS AND SPEAKING
Divya often speaks about her work and beyond. She is the recipient of Elizabeth Puchnarewicz Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Outreach from UCL and is passionate about outreach about planetary science, space missions, and space ethics. She is also the co-organizer of the Space Science in Context, which was funded by the UCL Resesarcher-led Initiative Award, and has proceeded to become a virtual conference consultant.