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Hubble's Diverse Universe (Welcome & Introduction)

Presented by: Sheryl Bruff & Jarita Holbrook (Jarita Holbrook )
Category: Business and Human Resources   Duration: 1 hour   Broadcast date: November 04, 2009
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Dr. Jarita Holbrook will present "Hubble's Diverse Universe!", a new documentary film focusing on eight African- and Hispanic-American astrophysicists, their scientific research, their education, and their lives as astrophysicists. They share their personal stories and give advice about how to succeed in the sciences. Dr. Holbrook, who is executive producer of the film and appears in it, holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics and is currently a researcher at the University of Arizona. In 1997, she began doing research on people and their relationship to the night sky. Quickly becoming an expert on Africans and their sky knowledge, she is the lead editor on "African Cultural Astronomy" published by Springer Press (2008). Her current research focuses on the relationship that people in developed nations have with the night sky, astronomers and their changing relationship to the night sky, and the lives of women and minority astronomers. Dr. Holbrook is also the current president of the Association of Women Faculty at the University of Arizona, Vice Chair of the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society, Vice President of the European Society for Cultural Astronomy (SEAC) and on the executive committees of the National Society of Black Physicist (NSBP) and the International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture (ISAAC). For IYA2009 she is chair of the Cultural Astronomy & Storytelling group for the United States.