April 18, 2021

The disordered cosmos and the ethics of astronomy w/ dr Chanda Prescod-Weinstein & Anoushka Rava


We're back in space, this time with an Author, Activist and Astrophysicists who's list of achievements is so long I wonder if she's managed to build a time machine to manage it all and an awesome actor / writer and comedian. We discuss the ethics of science, the way trouble with gatekeepers in education and finally, someone explains cosmic acceleration in a way I can understand. 

Expert guest:
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. 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 LA, she divides her time between the New Hampshire Seacoast and Cambridge, Massachusetts. I highly recommend her book 'The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred' which you can buy here.

Comedian guest:
Born in London, from an Iranian father and a French mother, she grew up between Paris and London. She started doing impersonations and accents at 5. She attended youth theatre/musical theatre programs from 9 to 15 (Sylvia Young, Cours Florent). After receiving a BA in Global Communications and working as a journalist, she attended the classical acting course at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts). After several tv appearances, short films and commercials in Europe, she acted in the feature A Beautiful Now which brought her to LA.  She’s kept busy with commercials (Google, Samsung…), her own short called Connected, selected in international festivals. Back in Europe, she played Célimène in The Misanthrope alternately in French and English. She acted in the tv series Le Bureau des Légendes (Canal +) and commercials (Magnet Kitchens, Qatar Airways). As a comedian, she performs in English & French in diverse venues including The Comedy Store (London) and Le Paname Café (Paris).