Hear the stories and experiences of women in science every month in the SECU Daily Planet Theater as part of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources campaign “She Changed the World: North Carolina Women Breaking Barriers.” This month Museum astrophysicist Rachel Smith, PhD, will share her research, and we’ll talk about her experiences in STEM.
July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. To celebrate the occasion, the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab will be open for visitors to chat with Museum astrophysicists and explore Apollo landing sites on the Moon with new software called OpenSpace. The Lab will feature interactive tours of lunar terrain where samples were collected by Apollo astronauts and demos of how you can explore the Universe with this new, open-source software!
Rachel Smith, PhD, Head of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab at NCMNS, Curator of Meteorites, and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Appalachian State University
About the “She Changed the World” Campaign
The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. As part of a national campaign to commemorate this historic event, North Carolina’s Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) is coordinating a campaign titled “She Changed the World: NC Women Breaking Barriers” March 2019, continuing through November 2020.
American women were granted the right to vote with the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified on August 18, 1920, after a 72-year fight by suffragists. The 19th Amendment did not resolve the issue of suffrage for many women of color and immigrant women, who continued to battle for voting rights for decades.
For our campaign, we want to celebrate the achievements of ALL North Carolina women and illuminate North Carolinian women’s pivotal role in breaking down barriers in North Carolina and the nation. We invite you to join us by sharing your story and others with #SheChangedtheWorld.