Professor Caty Pilachowski, Ph.D. holds the Kirkwood Chair in Astronomy at Indiana University Bloomington, where she teaches and conducts research on the evolution of stars and the chemical history of the Milky Way Galaxy from studies of chemical composition of stars and star clusters. She served for more than 20 years on the scientific staff of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson. While at NOAO, she served as Project Scientist for the design and construction of the 3.5-meter WIYN Telescope, a telescope at which the IUB Astronomy Department holds a 17% share. In addition to her astronomical research, Professor Pilachowski has been active in the areas of light pollution, astronomical instrumentation, large telescope design and construction, electronic publications, women in science, and diversity. She has served on numerous national and international boards and committees and as President of the American Astronomical Society from 2002-2004. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Professor Pilachowski received a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in California, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii.
This week we are joined on the podcast by Professor Pilachowski who holds the Kirkwood Chair in Astronomy at Indiana University Bloomington. We chat about some old space events, another legend from the Harvard computers and the crazy incident of the Long March 5B Space Song playlist on Spotify bit.ly/spacesongs If you enjoy the show please go over to www.Patreon.com/Interplanetary and become a Patron or even a producer of the show. If you enjoy why not join the BIS at www.bis-space.com the oldest space advocacy organisation in the world. Subscribe on iTunes itunes.apple.com/podcast/id1097505801 Subscribe on Stitcher www.stitcher.com/podcast/interplanetary-podcast Hosts: Matt Russell and Jamie Franklin Music: Matt Russell / Iam7 Additional Narration: George Russell www.interplanetary.org.uk @interplanetypod
A conversation with Astronomer Caty Pilachowski, about diversity in the sciences, the future of telescopes, and the beginning of everything.
Dr. Catherine Pilachowski is a professor of astronomy at Indiana University in Bloomington. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Hawaii. Her principal research interests include the evolution of stars and the chemical history of the Milky Way Galaxy from studies of chemical composition of star clusters. “Caty” got excited about astronomy as a youth reading the books of Asimov, Hoyle and Gamow. She told me about her serendipitous decision to attend graduate school in Hawaii where some very large telescopes were being built on Mauna Kea and how that ultimately led her to her current faculty position. We then chatted about her star cluster research and ended with some great tips for students who want to pursue a career in astronomy. My Background Mode interview with Dr. Catherine Pilachowski Email contact: cpilacho@indiana.edu Caty's home page at IU. Caty's research page. A short interview via National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). _______________________ Support TMO when you buy your Apple gear from Apple. The story of my Background Mode podcast. TMO Background Mode Twitter feed. Archive of all Background Mode Shows. Background Mode at iTunes. Send your comments to observations@macobserver.com or marty@macobserver.com
In episode 57, we chat with Dr. Caty Pilachowski, Professor and the Kirkwood Chair in Astronomy at Indiana University Bloomington, about the 2017 solar eclipse and IU's CelestFest event #scienceandtech
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Location
Bloomington, Indiana, United States of America
Episode Count
5
Podcast Count
5
Total Airtime
2 hours, 23 minutes