Monday, April 30, 2018

Donations for NSBP

Dear community,

   We urge you to donate to help the National Society of Black Physicists pay their debt. Today is the last day to help NSBP meet a significant deadline. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the NSBP debt relief fund. 

To donate, visit this website.

Thank you!

Postdoctoral Opportunity


*We thank Dr. Lynnae C. Quick for bringing this advertisement to our attention*

Wesleyan University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Planetary Sciences Group is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for one of two potential projects to work under the direction of Prof. Martha Gilmore. The funds will be available July 1, 2018 for two years.

Venus Surface Mineralogy - we seek someone with expertise in geomorphology, remote sensing and mineralogy to undertake analysis of radar properties of the Venus surface to constrain the origin and composition of tessera highlands and the lowland plains materials. We will also examine chemical changes in relevant minerals exposed to Venus conditions using a number of analytical techniques.

Mars Geochemistry and Spectroscopy - The project is to create a series of Mars analogue brines and precipitate them under terrestrial and martian conditions in a Mars chamber. VNIR spectra of the precipitates will be collected in situ and compared to data collected by CRISM in
Mars orbit.

The Planetary Sciences Group comprises 6 core faculty, 7 affiliated faculty and postdocs across the sciences and offers both graduate and undergraduate planetary curricula.

Wesleyan University is in Middletown CT, a New England college town midway between New York and Boston.

To apply:

Questions: Prof. Martha Gilmore,

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Isler and Dr. Prescod-Weinstein

We at Astronomy in Color wish to extend our congratulations to Dr. Jedidah Isler and Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, who have accepted faculty positions at Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Isler is an observational astronomer with expertise on blazars, is a Senior TED Fellow and is the creator of Vanguard in STEM. Dr. Prescod-Weinstein is a theoretical astrophysicist with expertise in cosmology and philosophy of science, and is an activist and a leader in efforts to decolonize physics and astronomy.

We also strongly encourage the community to ensure that these two freshly-minted Assistant Professors receive the support they deserve, and to work hard so we can collectively create the conditions so that other folks following their paths can also thrive.

Left: Dr. Jedidah Isler. Right: Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

TEAM-UP Student Survey

Content created by Arlene Modeste Knowles and her team. Please share broadly.

TEAM-UP Student Survey



TEAM-UP has developed a survey designed to understand the experiences that affect the persistence of undergraduate African American students in physics and astronomy.
We invite students to take the survey and to complete it in one sitting. It should take no more than 15 minutes.

Who should take the survey?

  • Undergraduate students, particularly African American students, who are majoring in physics, astronomy, and related fields.
  • Undergraduate students, particularly African American students, who previously majored or intended to major in physics, and then switched to another field.
  • Undergraduate students, particularly African American students, who left their institution in the last 6 months, and were majoring or intending to major in physics or astronomy.
For questions about the survey and TEAM-UP, please contact Arlene Modeste Knowles at or 301-209-3164