American cosmologist and activist Professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein will appear via video link in a conversation facilitated by Sydney Observatory Astronomy Ambassador Karlie Noon.
Prescod-Weinstein will introduce the audience to her debut book, The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, & Dreams Deferred (2021). She will also talk about her spectacular career trajectory from starry-eyed child to cosmologist, who had to navigate not only the mind-expanding fields of theoretical physics and maths but also the harmful prejudices entrenched within the academic system.
Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and core faculty in women’s and gender studies at the University of New Hampshire. Her research in theoretical physics focuses on cosmology, neutron stars, and dark matter. She also does research in Black feminist science, technology, and society studies.
A cofounder of Particles for Justice, she received the 2017 LGBT+ Physicists Acknowledgement of Excellence Award for her contributions to improving conditions for marginalized people in physics and the 2021 American Physical Society Edward A. Bouchet Award for her contributions to particle cosmology.
Originally from East L.A., she divides her time between the New Hampshire Seacoast and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Karlie Alinta Noon is a Gomeroi astronomer and science communicator who promotes Indigenous astronomical knowledge systems and advocates for women in STEM. She was the first Indigenous female to obtain degrees in physics and mathematics and is currently completing a PhD at the Australian National University looking at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy.
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