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Forgotten Foundations: Lost Legacy of Women in Physics and Astronomy

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 7:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Other

Seminar Location Other: 

Fiske Planetarium

Speaker Name(s): 

Baylee Bordwell

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of Colorado, APS
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Other

Seminar Type Other: 

Public Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

Thomas Huxley, the great defender of evolution, once said, "Five-sixths of women will stop in the doll stage of evolution, to be [...] the drag on civilisation..." This Victorian era thinking stretches back centuries, and has continued to hamper the pursuits of women in the sciences today.

Throughout the ages, however, women have made fundamental discoveries in both physics and astronomy, and been instrumental in communicating science to the broader public and inspiring future scientists. This talk will trace the forgotten history and struggles of the women who brought us some of the fundamental laws of physics, got us to the moon, and much more.

About the speaker: Baylee Bordwell earned undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Baylee is currently a third year graduate student at CU, in the department of Astrophysics and Planetary Science. Her research explores how the fluid motions of planetary atmospheres affect chemical reactions, and subsequently the apparent composition of gas giants around other stars. When escape from their cubicle is possible, she runs to the hills (literally) to backpack and climb.