Women in Science: Astronomy

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Chester County Library

A Community Read Program

The Chester County Library is excited to have Karen Schwarz, Ph.D. Director of the West Chester University Mather Planetarium speak about her experiences as a women in the field of astronomy. What’s it like to be a female astrophysicist? And what does an astrophysicist do anyway? Dr. Schwarz be talking about her journey as a female scientist - starting in middle school all the way through to securing a job as a tenured faculty member. We’ll also take a look at prominent female astronomers through time – Henrietta Leavitt, Annie Jump Cannon, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, among others – and discuss the difficulties they encountered being women in a male-dominated field. The presentation will also cover what type of astronomy research Dr. Schwarz conducts and how to encourage more young women to pursue science careers.

The Chester County Library is proud to partner with Londwood Gardens Community Read, developing programs designed to “encourage reading and start a conversation”. A limited number of family passes to Longwood Gardens will be given away during the program.

To register for this program, please visit our online event calendar.