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Astrophysicists Neta Bahcall and Jill Knapp discuss their contributions to the anthology "The Sky is for Everyone: Women Astronomers in Their Own Words" with science writer Liz Fuller-Wright.
The United Nation's has declared Feb. 11 as International Day of Women and Girls in Science for 2023. Trailblazing female astrophysical scientists Jill Knapp and Neta Bahcall are joined by science writer Liz Fuller-Wright to discuss their contributions to the field of astrophysics, as detailed in their essays included in the recently published edited volume "The Sky is for Everyone," as well as the continued importance of encouraging young women to pursue careers in the sciences.
This event is a collaboration between the library, Labyrinth Books, Princeton University Press and Princeton University's Department of Astrophysical Sciences.
About the Panelists:
Neta A. Bahcall is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Astrophysics at Princeton University. She is Director of the Undergraduate Program in Astrophysics, and past Director of the Council on Science and Technology of Princeton University. Bahcall's research interests include observational cosmology, dark matter and the mass density of the universe, galaxy clusters, quasars, and supermassive black holes.
Jill Knapp came to Princeton University's Department of Astrophysical Sciences in 1980 and was appointed as Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in 1984. Her research largely focused on observations at radio and millimeter wavelengths of the cold interstellar medium and star formation regions. In the late 1980s, she helped develop the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and and carried out research on low-mass stars and brown dwarfs. In 2005, Jill co-founded Princeton's Prison Teaching Initiative to teach college courses in the NJ state and federal prisons and she has continued to teach math and science courses in prisons since her retirement from Princeton University.
Liz Fuller-Wright is a science writer in Princeton University’s Office of Communications, where she gets to talk with some of the most brilliant researchers working today, from rising stars to Nobel laureates and senior scholars. She has a master's degree in planetary geoscience from Brown University and an bachelor's in geology (with minors in English and African American Studies) from Amherst College.
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