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Banneker Attends 231st AAS Meeting

Banneker Attends 231st AAS Meeting

January 15, 2018

The students of the 2018 program met in early January to present research they began during the summer of 2017. Students past and present made opportunities to socialize, conference, and network with those from other schools and programs in attendance. A gallery of photos documents the conference and reunion.

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Why the Universe Needs More Black and Latino Astronomers

August 23, 2016

by Joshua Sokol

Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Pedro Villanueva. Anthony Nuñez.

These four names—all recent black and Latino victims of police violence—stare out at a college classroom full of budding astronomers. Written above them on the chalkboard is the now-familiar rallying call “Black Lives Matter.” It's a Friday morning in July, and John Johnson, a black astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, has written these words as part of the day’s agenda. Later this afternoon, they’ll serve as a launching point for a discussion about these specific killings and the implications of systemic racism.

It's something you might expect in an African American history class, or maybe a class on social justice. But this is a summer astronomy internship.... Read more about Why the Universe Needs More Black and Latino Astronomers