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MMA Science Speaker Series
July 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Maria Mitchell Association:
“Dark Matter in the Disordered Cosmos”
In this talk, Dr. Prescod-Weinstein will describe her efforts to understand the nature of mysterious dark matter. She will provide an overview of the general problem, and then describe her current approach to it, which is to characterize the behavior of a proposed dark matter particle, the axion. She will give some insight into how she is using a range of tools — model building, computation, and high energy astrophysics — to get at the basic question of, “If the axion is the dark matter, what does that mean for our universe?”
Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and core faculty in women’s and gender studies at the University of New Hampshire. The author of The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred, she is also a columnist for New Scientist and Physics World. Her research in theoretical physics focuses on cosmology, neutron stars, and dark matter. She also does research in Black feminist science, technology, and society studies. Nature recognized her as one of 10 people who shaped science in 2020, and Essence magazine has recognized her as one of “15 Black Women Who Are Paving the Way in STEM and Breaking Barriers.” A cofounder of Particles for Justice, she received the 2017 LGBT+ Physicists Acknowledgement of Excellence Award for her contributions to improving conditions for marginalized people in physics, and the 2021 American Physical Society Edward A. Bouchet Award for her contributions to particle cosmology. Originally from East L.A., she divides her time between the New Hampshire Seacoast and Cambridge, Massachusetts.