Originally Recorded Sunday 8/30/20 @ 1:00 pm
This live session features our four science speakers, Dr. Erin MacDonald, Dr. Claire Raftery, Dr. Ken Carpenter, and Carolyn Collins Petersen. Bring your questions about space, astronomy, and cosmology, and let’s talk science!
Dr. Erin MacDonald
Astrophysicist and Science Advisor, Star Trek
Dr. Erin is a science advisor for not one, but six Star Trek shows currently in production. She is a Fort Collins native daughter, and holds a PhD in Astrophysics.
She has a Twitch channel where she explains the universe, and describes herself at erinpmacdonald.com as a “Tattooed Scottish-American Slytherin N7 Rebel from Starfleet Academy.”
Dr. Claire Raftery
Director of Education, Outreach, and Communications for the National Science Foundation’s National Solar Observatory
Dr. Claire Raftery is a solar physicist and science educator originally from Dublin, Ireland. Having spent a decade researching the foundations of solar eruptions, she found her calling in science communication and outreach. She is now the Director of Education, Outreach and Communications for the National Science Foundation’s National Solar Observatory, which is the organization responsible for building the brand new Inouye Solar Telescope. Claire loves telling science stories, sharing her love for our closest star with anyone who will listen, and is dedicated to providing equitable opportunities in STEM for students from all walks of life, especially those underrepresented in astronomy.
Dr. Ken Carpenter
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Kenneth Carpenter (Operations Project Scientist for Hubble and Ground System Project Scientist for Roman) brings us the latest Chandra results, talks about Hubble’s 30th birthday, updates us on the status of Webb, and gives us the inside scoop about the renaming of WFIRST in honor of the late astronomer, Nancy Grace Roman.
Carolyn Collins Petersen
CEO, Loch Ness Productions
Science writer, producer, and head science talk wrangler for FoCoComicCon. Her latest book, “The Discovery of the Universe” came out early in the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Dr. Claire Raftery