University of Maryland-College Park
AIP Center for History of Physics Intern
American Institute of Physics
In this talk I will review the work I have done over the summer with the Center for History of Physics Women and Minorities Teaching Guides Project. Working with the Neil’s Bohr Archival Library and the Emilio Segre Visual Archives I have compiled six unique lesson plans, available online for free. The project’s goal is to provide underrepresented groups role models in the field. This summer, the focus of the project shifted to Latinx, Native American, and LGBT+ physicists. The guides I created explore the lives and careers of Luis Alvarez, Wanda Diaz-Merced, Victor Blanco, Fred Begay, Alan Turing and Sally Ride. I will explain the background of the project, the experiences I had working in it, and the effect the summer has had on me.
I am from Silver Spring, Maryland, and currently go to school at the University of Maryland in College Park. I am a rising fourth year student studying both astronomy and physics. At the University of Maryland, I am involved in many groups including SPS, Women in Physics, Astronomy Gentleladies Network, AstroTerps, and the Physics MakerSpace. I have a leading role in both the Maker Space and SPS, of which I have been a leading proponent in building their outreach programs to the larger community. I am the current President of SPS, and plan to bring more diverse representations of what a physicist is to our meetings over the coming year. I have done a few different types of research in my time at UMD, including working at the UMD observatory searching for exoplanets, analyzing Quantum Optics data, though my main work had been with Carter Hall on the LZ Dark Matter Detector experiment in radon detection efficiency.
Outside of my life as a student, I babysit and nanny for most of my income, along with working as the childcare coordinator and volunteering as a religious education teacher for Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church. I plan lessons every week for my classes, focusing on diversity of religions and cultures worldwide to increase exposure and promote acceptance in the children I teach. I have worked as a teacher here for the past 3 years, after a year of assisting other teachers. I hope to bring the skills I have gained in my nearly 10 years of experience of childcare and education to the physics field and develop new innovative ways to make STEM education accessible, representative, and interesting for children all over the country.