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"Hidden Figures" & NASA Lecture: March 30, 2018

Margot Lee Shetterly & Dr. Ellen Stofan


Margot Lee Shetterly

Kingsbury Hall

In Partnership with the MUSE Project

Margot Lee Shetterly, best-selling author of Hidden Figures, and Dr. Ellen Stofan, former Chief Scientist at NASA, meet to discuss empowerment and the vital importance of women and people of color in STEM.

Margot Lee Shetterly is the best-selling author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. In her book, Shetterly tells the true story of women of color who made outstanding contributions to NASA in the 1950s and 1960s despite institutional discrimination and prejudice. The book was adapted for the big screen in the award-winning 2016 movie Hidden Figures.

In 2013, Shetterly founded The Human Computer Project, an organization whose mission is to archive the work of all the women who worked as computers and mathematicians in the early days of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Dr. Ellen Stofan is a professor, researcher, and scientist who served as NASA's Chief Scientist from 2013 to 2017. In that role, she was the principal advisor to the NASA Administrator on the agency's strategic planning and programs. Prior to becoming Chief Scientist, she held senior positions at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and New Millennium Program. Stofan is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at University College London and co-chair of the World Economic Space Council. She holds master's and doctoral degrees in geological sciences from Brown University and is an outspoken champion of young women and people of color who seek careers in STEM.

Show Dates: Mar 30 @ 11:30 am

Tickets are free. There is a max of 2 tickets per order.

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CUWiP: Women in Physics

An Unprecedented Number of Undergrads Attend Annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

Our accomplished students, speaking and presenting at the 2018 CUWiP at Arizona State University

 

In January, nine women physics students from the Department of Physics & Astronomy traveled to the American Physical Society Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) at Arizona State University.  ASU is one of 12 institutions in North America that hosted more than 2,000 undergraduate attendees for simultaneous three day conferences consisting of science talks, panel discussions, workshops, and lab tours, all with the goal of providing women and gender minorities access to information and resources that will help them continue in science careers. The 2018 APS CUWiPs were held January 12-14, 2018.  This year, our own Pearl Sandick, an associate professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, served as chair of the APS CUWiP National Organizing Committee.  In addition to working throughout the year to ensure an impactful conference experience for attendees at all conference sites, she also represented the APS at the  University of Oregon CUWiP, where she facilitated two types of workshops. One workshop was an APS program called Step Up 4 Women, which hopes to address the underrepresentation of women in physics at the undergraduate level and beyond by reaching out to high school physics teachers and giving them research-based tools to encourage women to become physics majors in college. The second workshop was on professional skills for women in science, and discussed practical skills to help attendees perform quality research and flourish in a variety of physics career settings.  The University of Utah hosted an APS CUWiP in 2014, and we look forward to welcoming the CUWiPs back to Utah in 2019, when Utah State University will be one of the host institutions.

From the American Physical Society:

"The goal of CUWiP is to help undergraduate women continue in physics by providing them with an opportunity to experience a professional conference, information about graduate school and professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas."

 

To learn more about the conference, check out this feature about last year’s conferences and our local attendees.

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Science Employer Panel - Feb. 22

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m. - Science Employer Panel on the U of U Campus!

SCIENCE EMPLOYER PANEL

"The Science Employer Panel brings students and professionals together for an in-depth discussion of the job prospects and internship opportunities available to science graduates. Students get direct access to insider information about a variety of science industries, while panelists get a chance to meet their future employees and share about why their business is a great place to work. Connections made at the Science Employer Panel start new careers, and help drive Utah’s economic engine."

Hosted by the College of Science

Date & Time: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm (Panel begins at 3:00 pm, networking begins at 4:00 pm)

Location: Room 206, Crocker Science Center
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The Science Employer Panel brings students and professionals together for an in-depth discussion of the job prospects and internship opportunities available to science graduates. Students get direct access to insider information about a variety of science industries, while panelists get a chance to meet their future employees and share about why their business is a great place to work. Connections made at the Science Employer Panel start new careers, and help drive Utah’s economic engine.

Panel: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Panelists:

  • Dugway Utah Campus US Army
  • National Ecological Observatory
  • Recursion Pharmaceuticals
  • Jordan Gerton - CSME Chair

Networking: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Networking:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • Orbital ATK
  • RJ Lee Group
  • Utah State Parks

Science Employer Panel is free. Click here, or contact Paige Berg at (801) 587-8098, to learn more about the Science Employer Panel.

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Frontiers of Science with Dr. Blythe McCarthy

Thursday, March 8, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m. - Frontiers of Science with Dr. Blythe McCarthy! "Safeguarding Heritage Sites in the Middle East" in room 220 of the Aline Wilmot Skaggs Building (ASB) on the U of U Campus!

FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE

with Dr. Blythe McCarthy,
Andrew W. Mellon Senior Scientist, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research of Freer & Sackler. The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art

 

Date & Time: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 6:00pm

Location: 220 Aline Skaggs Building at the University of Utah
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Damage to archaeological and historic sites is ongoing on a grand scale in the Middle East due to the current conflicts in the region. Ranging from ISIL’s full-scale destruction of Palmyra to looting of artifacts at archaeological sites, every instance of damage results in lost opportunities to learn about previous cultures. Loss of cultural heritage also has societal and economic implications as heritage can be used as a peacebuilding tool to bring together those of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds and act as a resource for cultural tourism. World-wide, people are working to do what they can to preserve what remains and discourage further destruction. Activities underway include efforts to document buildings and sites and their destruction, to carry out protective measures such as sandbagging mosaics for stabilization, and to train Iraqis in conservation techniques to help them take an active role in the preservation and restoration of their heritage. In this lecture, Blythe McCarthy of the Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler will discuss these and other aspects of programs to protect and preserve cultural heritage in Iraq and Syria that she worked on during her recent experience as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of State's Cultural Heritage Center.

Frontiers of Science is free and open to the public. The Frontiers lecture series features eminent scientists and researchers from across the country who are exploring the latest frontiers in their fields. All lectures are free and open to the public, although tickets are required and seating is limited. Click here to learn more about the Frontiers of Science lecture series.

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