Born and raised in California, Regina first came to Nantucket as a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) intern under the tutelage of former Director of Astronomy, Dr. Vladimir Strelnitski. This formative experience helped inspire her to make a career out of her love for astronomy. After completing her B.S. degree in Physics, Regina won a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship that supported her in a year-long adventure travelling around the world and investigating the effects of culture on science through the eyes of women astronomers. In 1999, Regina returned to the MMA as the Assistant Director of Astronomy until 2002 when she left to pursue graduate studies in California. Regina earned her Ph.D. in Physics at UC San Diego, specializing in studies of galaxy formation and evolution. She continued this work as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge and then won a prestigious National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship that she took to the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawai’i. There she used the largest optical telescopes in the world to obtain the first spectral images of normal galaxies in the early Universe. Before moving back to Nantucket, Regina was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at Willamette University in Oregon.
"Typically, when we think about regulating emissions, we regulate based on the amount of emissions from some source in some given area. What this work allows us to do is regulate based on the damage of that emission. So, ideally, you would want to focus your efforts on those sources that are the most damaging. rather than focus on those sources that emit the most." - Jason Hill This week on Living Lab Radio: Regina Jorgenson of Maria Mitchell Association explains the excitement over the first image of a black hole , plus the significance of Israel's attempted moon landing and SpaceX's first successful commercial launch. Philosopher Nick Evans is concerned about the current state of ethics in autonomous vehicles, and about the failure of engineers and developers to address algorithmic bias. Jason Hill's recent research suggests that, when it comes to causing health problems, the location of air pollution is as important as the amount. And corn is a surprisingly deadly source of
This week marks the 200 th birthday of Maria Mitchell, the noted astronomer who started her career on Nantucket.
The March for Science drew thousands of science supporters, but the science event of the year was the Great American Eclipse, with millions of viewers highlighting an unexpected enthusiasm. Missions to Jupiter and Saturn also grabbed headlines. Gravitational wave researchers scored a Nobel Prize, and then announced an even bigger accomplishment – both seeing and hearing a neutron star collision. And President Trump calls for a return to deep space, at the expense of earth science. We talk with Regina Jorgenson of the Maria Mitchell Association on Nantucket about the top space and physics stories of 2017.
Today a total solar eclipse will pass over tens of millions of people in a 70-mile-wide swath across the United States about 2,500 miles long. It’s been 99 years since an eclipse has crossed coast to coast, and there are a lot more people around to see it this time. It starts in Oregon around noon our time, travels across 14 states, and finishes up its continental tour in South Carolina around 10 minutes before 3:00 this afternoon. Here in Eastern Massachusetts, we’ll see about a 63 percent eclipse around 2:45 this afternoon. Here are some places to watch the partial eclipse in our region: Maria Mitchell Association on Nantucket The Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich The Umass Dartmouth Observatory Many public libraries on Cape Cod, the Islands, and the South Coast. Today on Living Lab Radio, we hear from: Regina Jorgenson of the Maria Mitchell Association , who is in Oregon to watch the total
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Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States of America
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