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"Let's Make a Spectroscope!" A Webinar featuring Astrophysicist Dr. Rosalie McGurk, PHD
Let’s make a spectroscope! And what can we do with it? (You will need to have the following supplies ready for use during this webinar: paper towel tube, a CD or DVD, duct tape, scotch tape), Astronomers study the universe by doing spectroscopy, or spreading light into its component wavelengths/colors. Spectroscopy allows us to see what elements make up stars and galaxies, and measure the velocities of stars and galaxies. Unfortunately, most of our current spectroscopic instruments only show us a small part of most local galaxies, which limits our understanding of them. As an astronomer at Carnegie Observatories, I am building a new spectroscopic instrument that can display much larger views and will let us look at an entire galaxy in one observation. This will allow us to measure the inherent properties of galaxies such where their elements are located and how they are moving. Dr. Rosalie McGurk will teach you how to make a spectroscope, explain why she loves black holes, and describe her path to becoming an Instrumentation Fellow at Observatories of The Carnegie Institution for Science.

This series is free and open to all high school girls (and boys too) who want to know how one gets from taking science, computer, and math classes to choosing a career in STEM and getting a job after college. This webinar series is presented by AAUW-OML with a grant from the Bettelheim Family Foundation. We will present 1-2 webinars per month where you'll meet women in STEM careers sharing their story and how you too can find your passion in a STEM career.

Jan 10, 2021 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Rosalie McGurk, PHD
Instrumentation Fellow @Observatory of The Carnegie Institute for Science
Dr. McGurk is from Orinda and attended Miramonte High School. She is involved in building a new near-infrared multi-object spectrograph for Magellan with configurable slits and full JHK band coverage. What is it? Ask Dr. McGurk during the webinar. Here she is talking about her bio: My favorite astronomical object is black holes, and I am happy to explain why. I love working with teams to build instruments, and I love discovering new things! I knew I wanted to study STEM, but didn't know what until my mom forced me to go to a two week astronomy camp - I got to drive a 25m radio telescope with a hand paddle - I was hooked! I went to Univ of Washington to get my Bachelor of Physics and of Astronomy, and then went to UC Santa Cruz to get my Masters and Ph.D. When talking to students, I emphasize that I was paid to get my Master and Ph.D. (most kids don’t know about this). Here more about how a career in astronomy or another STEM field is within your reach.