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Walkowicz Named Astrobiology Chair at Kluge Center of the Library of Congress

Big news, everybody: I am over the moon to announce that I am the new Chair of Astrobiology at the Library of Congress! Wait, what?! The position is officially called the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology … Continue reading

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Remembering Hope at the White House Frontiers Conference #WHFrontiers

This past Thursday, I had the great honor of participating in the White House Frontiers Conference– a celebration of STEM hosted by President Obama, held at Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh. When the invitation landed in my email, I … Continue reading

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Rising Star Girls: #STEAM activities for space exploration, created by @Aomawa Shields

I finally had a chance to check out my friend Aomawa Shields‘ newly-released teaching and activity handbook for her project Rising Star Girls. Poetically subtitled “stars shine in many colors”, Rising Star Girls seeks to encourage middle-school girls from all backgrounds … Continue reading

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Imagining Black Futures: a mini-round-up on #Afrofuturism

Science fiction has long been a means for reimagining the present via our ideas about the future– a future that might be bright or dark, aspirational or apocalyptic. Stories about worlds with wildly different tech, social structures, and outcomes give … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Jr. & Astronomy for #MLKDay2016

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I’m posting this notecard I found in the King Center’s archive. At a time when astronomy is struggling with issues around equal inclusion, and with racism being one of the most pernicious challenges … Continue reading

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My new TED talk is up!

At TED 2015 this past spring, I gave a talk about human exploration of Mars. Specifically, I think excitement for exploring our neighboring red planet is great– but we shouldn’t lull ourselves into thinking that Mars will be our second chance if … Continue reading

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An Astronomical Primer on Workplace Environment, Discrimination, and Your Rights

This post is intended as a primer on harassment for those entering the academic workplace. It was prompted by recent events surrounding sexual harassment cases in astronomy, but I have tried to make it more broadly applicable to workplace environment … Continue reading

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