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Event Number 2862

  Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Astronomy Colloquium
Special Colloquium
A screening of "Hubble's Diverse Universe"
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Dr. Jarita Holbrook
Abstract: A different kind of science documentary, the scientific research and experiences of six African American and three Hispanic American astronomers and astrophysicists are explored. aEuro~HubbleaEuroTM is short for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). 'Diverse' refers to both the ethnic diversity of the scientists who appear in the film and the diverse set of astronomy topics discussed. Science (14A1/2 minutes): Beautiful images of celestial bodies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope are interspersed with the astrophysicistsaEuroTM descriptions of the images and the importance of HST to their research. HST discoveries, unexpected astronomy results, and the continually changing theories within astronomy are all examined. Pulsars, planetary nebulae, gamma-ray bursts, active galactic nuclei, black holes, and star formation are covered. Diversity (7A1/2 minutes): The astrophysicists talk about what life is like as a minority within this scientific discipline. They share some of the daily experiences of being less than 8% of the astronomy population in the United States. Mentoring and Outreach (8 minutes): All of the astrophysicists agree that having mentors is important to succeed as a scientist. In order to become an astrophysicist people helped them and now they try to help others. They talk about the good mentors that they have and focus on specific things that make them good mentors. They also give warnings about how to steer clear of pitfalls. NASAaEuroTMs Contributions (10 minutes): NASA has played a significant role in the lives of these nine minority scientists. The astrophysicists are young, vibrant, funny, and generally engaging making this an exceptional astronomy documentary in which the people are as engaging as the science. Hubble's Diverse Universe is a tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope now in its 20th year given eloquently by these underrepresented minority scientists.
Host: The Holtz Center for Science and Technology
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