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Meet the AAS Keynote Speakers: Lauren Chambers and Leah Fulmer

3 Jan 2019, 19:16 UTC
Meet the AAS Keynote Speakers: Lauren Chambers and Leah Fulmer
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In this series of posts, we sit down with a few of the keynote speakers of the 233rd AAS meeting to learn more about them and their research. In a divergence from this theme, today we report an interview with two of the organizers of a special session planned for the upcoming meeting. You can see a full schedule for AAS here!
Lauren ChambersDiscussions of privilege have been flourishing in the astronomy field for decades, with more people becoming aware of the uneven playing field experienced by people of color, LGBT+ individuals, and women. From the Nashville Recommendations to the many inclusivity-themed groups (e.g. TaMIA) springing up at different institutions, astronomers are considering what steps can be implemented to transform academia into the merit-based system it has always been purported to be. The Know Your Power (KYP) special session at the upcoming 233rd American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle seeks to enhance that discussion. To learn more about the session, Astrobites interviewed two of the organizers: Lauren Chambers, a research and instrument analyst at Space Telescope Science Institute, and Leah Fulmer, a first-year graduate student at the University of Washington.Leah FulmerThe project aims to crowd-source information from astronomers at all ...

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