Diverse Minds Seminar: Dr Wanda Diaz-Merced
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 12:00PM PDT, 21:00 CET

More than one sensorial modality to do mainstream science in astronomy

Wanda Diaz-Merced at TED 2016

The Diverse Minds seminar series is a campus-wide program that aims to provide a platform for distinguished speakers from a diversity of backgrounds to share their science and personal journey into science with the Caltech Community. These seminars aim to educate, inspire, and initiate purposeful discussion. Caltech recognizes that diverse perspectives and experiences benefit everyone and by intentionally inviting speakers from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds Caltech can continue to cultivate a community that values equity, inclusion, and embraces the power of diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Dr. Díaz-Merced is an astronomer and the leading proponent of sonification of astrophysical data. As someone who lost their eyesight, she is a leader in increasing equality of access to astronomy and using audible sound to study astrophysical data. Currently,Dr. Díaz-Merced is working at the European Gravitational Wave Observatory (EGO) in Italy. Her talk is titled, “More than one sensorial modality to do mainstream science in astronomy” she will discuss her research and personal journey into science. The talk will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Moderated by Dr. David Reitze, Executive Director of LIGO, and hosted by LIGO.