HU ADVANCE-IT selects 2015 Faculty Fellow

HU ADVANCE-IT selects 2015 Faculty Fellow

Please join HU ADVANCE-IT in welcoming Dr. Dara Norman, the 2015 Faculty Fellow, to Howard University!

Dr. Norman is a phenomenal researcher, scholar, and African-American Astronomer who has also made significant contributions to the education of the next generation of scientists. She is currently an Associate Scientist at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) in Tucson, AZ.

As an observatory scientist, her duties include support of observers using multiple large telescopes and state-of-the-art instrumentation.

She has limited time in the summers to also work with students on research projects through our NSF funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

She is interested in spending a semester at Howard University in order to spend dedicated time working with students on a number of research projects using data from the telescopes, instruments and archives that she supports.

These projects will use Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) observations taken with the Gemini Multi-object Spectrograph (GMOS) on telescopes in Chile and Hawaii, and identify quasar candidates in weak lensing clusters from images taken with the Dark Energy Camera (DECam) at NOAO in Chile.

Dr. Norman anticipates that Howard students interested in astronomy and astrophysics will benefit substantially from the opportunity to work with her on these multifaceted projects.

As Co-chair of the National Society for Black Physicists Astronomy section and Diversity Advocate at NOAO, she is a strong and proven interest in supporting students who are under-represented in the STEM fields, by offering them opportunities to participate in novel research early in their careers.

Dr. Norman will be at Howard at the start of the Spring 2015 semester.

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