postsecondary-level teaching, Young has begun to write a children's book on the phases of the moon. Also, for the past six years she has been teaching astronomy at the elementary school that her daughter, Laura Rose Young (who is now 11 years old), attends.
From the time she was a girl, Young has been intrigued by and had an aptitude for not only astronomy and physics but chemistry and biochemistry as well. Since she attained full professor status in 1993, she has had the freedom to pursue more than astronomy. Recently she has forayed into biomedical research, with her sights set on a gentle cure for cancer or research that helps other investigators to that end.
Like George Gamov, for instance, who was a twentieth-century scientific polymath in astronomy, physics, and biochemistry, Young will contribute whatever she can, using all her talents to better the world. Young sees the parallels between research in astronomy and biomolecular research in that, she says, "galaxies are the cells of [a] large-scale structure, and the cells that I'm looking at that are cancers are [of a] small-scale structure. . . . It's very inspiring to me to be able to do both at the same time--and rewarding."
As for the future, Young plans to continue her astronomy research and teaching along with her biomedical research. She is a member of the American Astronomical Society and its Committee for the Status of Women, the International Astronomical Union, the American Physical Society, and the Association for Women in Science. She will also continue to teach in her daughter's school every year and to encourage Laura to pursue as a career whatever she most enjoys. This is something that Vera Rubin impressed on her when Judith was a child. "I remember my mother telling me when I was young that I could do anything I wanted to in my life," Young remarks, "if I kept my mind to it."
Devereaux N. A., J. D. P. Kenney, and J. S. Young. "Molecular Clouds in the Nuclear Region of NGC 3351." Astronomy Journal 103 ( 1992): 784.
Tacconi L., and J. S. Young. "The Distribution of the ISM in the Scd Galaxy NGC 6946. II. The CO Data." Astrophysics Journal Supplement 71 ( 1989) 455.
Young J. S., and N. Z. Scoville. "Extragalactic CO: Gas Distributions Which Follow the Light in IC 342 and NGC 6946." Astrophysics Journal 258 ( 1982): 467.
Young J. S., F. P. Schloerb, J. Kenney, and Lord S.. "CO Observations of Infrared Bright Galaxies." Astrophysics Journal 304 ( 1986): 443.