Bring the whole family for a full day of activities as we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This large event will have a full array of expert female scientific speakers and presenters from various disciplines such as astronomy, biology, environmental science, chemistry, and engineering. There will be guest speakers in the Lohman Planetarium, as well as speakers and demonstrations throughout the Museum.
Seating for our guest lectures is limited and is first-come, first-served.
Admission: Free for members or with paid museum admission.
Just some of the accomplished women that will be presenting...
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
University of Oxford
Enjoy a talk by groundbreaking British astronomer, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell who, along with Antony Hewish, first discovered pulsars in 1967 with the aid of a radio telescope specifically designed to record very rapid fluctuations in radio sources.
Dr. Allison Kirkpatrick
University of Kansas
Hearts of Darkness: The Monster Black Holes Hidden in Galaxies
All galaxies host a supermassive black hole at their centers, more than a million times the mass of our Sun! These monsters are often lurking unseen behind thick blankets of dust and gas. Using space telescopes we will uncover the secrets at the centers of galaxies in the distant universe 7-10 billion years in the past. This is an epoch in which galaxies are actively feeding their black holes, wreaking havoc on the galaxy ecosystem. I will discuss how these monsters grow, what the environment is like near a black hole, and the exciting future of the Milky Way's supermassive black hole.
Astronaut Nicole Stott
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Alumni and retired NASA astronaut with 103 days in space.
An Out-of-this-World Chat with Astronaut and Artist Nicole Stott
A video chat in the Lohman Planetarium with Astronaut Nicole Stott about her career and what it was like being a woman in the astronaut corps followed by an in-depth Q&A.
Dr. Ashley Lear
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Professor of Humanities and Composition
Where No Woman Has Gone Before: Trailblazing Heroines of Sci-Fi
This talk will begin with the importance of science fiction in our present reality, as a way of exposing our limited ways of thinking, especially in terms of issues with race and gender. I'm using Uhura and the letter Nichelle Nichols received from MLK as an example of the influence that women in science fiction can have on an entire civil rights movement. I'll then be covering a variety of women from popular science fiction and their influences in real world science and the lives of women. The lecture will conclude with Jill Tarter, the woman on who Carl Sagan based the movie Contact on and will describe her own struggles with sexism in her attempts to pursue a career in science.
Dr. Maia McGuire
University of Florida, Florida Sea Grant
Exploring Microplastics with Dr. Maia McGuire
Dr. McGuire will display microscopes and samples of microplastics for this hands-on activity where guests will test different types of plastic to see if they sink or float in water (which relates to what types of organisms they might impact).
Organizations with displays (this list is subject to change)
11:00am: Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell – Root Family Auditorium
1:00pm: Astronaut Nicole Stott – Lowell and Nancy Lohman Family Planetarium
2:30pm: Dr. Allison Kirkpatrick – Lowell and Nancy Lohman Family Planetarium
4:00pm: Dr. Ashley Lear – Lowell and Nancy Lohman Family Planetarium
Table Activities and Displays: