Welcome to gURLs in space, presented by Astrobiology Magazine (www.astrobio.net)!
We started this blog as a way to highlight the important work of women in fields related to the space sciences. Women are still dramatically underrepresented in many scientific fields relevant to the exploration of space, and we’re hoping to help change that.
There are a lot of inspiring women out there doing incredible research – and we want to help bridge the gap between their work and the next generation of women space scientists.
In the coming years we will be featuring a wide range of material – from stories and videos we find on the web to original content developed alongside the Astrobiology Magazine. We want this to be as interactive as possible – so please send us your comments and suggestions!
*In addition to original content, gURLs in space also runs content from non-NASA sources in order to provide broad coverage of issues that women face in science, both nationally and internationally. Publication of press-releases or other out-sourced content does not signify endorsement or affiliation of any kind.
Dr. Phoebe A. Cohen is a Professor of Geosciences at Williams College and is involved in numerous research projects with the NASA Astrobiology Program. Cohen studies the fossil record to uncover clues about the evolution of complex life on Earth.
gURLs in Space spoke to Cohen about how she became interested in astrobiology and the path that led her to professional success in science. Read the Q&A here.
Do you have any particular advice for young women in science?
Cohen: Science is not a boy thing or a girl thing, it’s a human thing…
At a recent event held at NASA headquarters, a panel of scientists discussed how our knowledge of ancient Earth can help guide our search for life elsewhere. The panel included Pheobe Cohen of Williams College and Dawn Sumner of UC Davis.
Does anyone out there have a story they want to tell about being a woman in science? If so, check out this new project being developed by Jessica Brinkworth at the University of IllinoisUrbana-Champaign and Marie-Claire Shanahan of University of Calgary:
Please forward this call for essays to anyone you think might be interested in participating in such a project. We are seeking authors from a broad variety of fields and backgrounds.
The publication timeline is as follows:
September 10th 2014 – subject/title due September 30th 2014 – abstract due June 10th 2015– essays for review due September 10th, 2015 – revised essays due
Hope to hear from you,
Jessica Brinkworth Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology (starting 2015) University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Illinois, USA
Marie-Claire Shanahan Associate Professor Research Chair in Science Education and Public Engagement Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Upcoming conference for educators interested in using Mars exploration in your curriculum!
“Special NASA team guests will be sharing about the newest discoveries on the Red Planet and highlight new classroom STEM tools. In addition, STEM-related hands-on activities will showcased and ways to help educators extend their students’ learning will be shared. Conference participants will receive lesson plans and NASA materials. “
Giant eruptions caught on tape (well… on telescope) are helping scientists like Imke de Pater, professor and chair of astronomy at UC Berkeley, understand Jupiter’s moon Io. Their work could also shed light on what conditions at the surface of the early Earth were like.
“We typically expect one huge outburst every one or two years, and they’re usually not this bright,” - Imke de Pater
Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute is talking today at the NASA Ames Research Center as part of the 2014 Summer Director’s Colloquium. Her talk, “Searching for ET: An Investment in Our Long Future” starts at 2pm PST.
It’s not being web broadcast (we’ll post a video if they put in online at a later date) - but you can follow the twitter feed at #NASAAmesTalks
Just after completing the primary mission of 669 sols on Mars, Curiosity’s managers planned a special day — June 26, 2014 — in which mostly women were assigned to the more than 100 different operational roles.
At 3pm EST today, NASA is hosting a hangout about the Chandra X-ray observatory. Joining in is Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo, an Einstein postdoctoral fellow supported by NASA at Stanford University. She was the lead on a recent study of supermassive black holes using data from Chandra.
Guess where the highest level of UV radiation recorded at the Earth’s surface is. Nathalie Cabrol and her team took the measurements at a research site popular with astrobiologists. Hint: It’s not under the ozone hole in Antarctica…