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Highlights from Women In Space 2019

10 Apr 2019, 19:00 UTC
Highlights from Women In Space 2019
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By Kathryn PowellKathryn E. Powell, Ph.D. is a planetary scientist studying ancient Martian environments with remote sensing and the MSL Curiosity rover. She is currently a postdoctoral scholar at Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University.Editor's Note: This is one of a series of recaps of the Women in Space conference. Each will feature the viewpoint of someone at a different career stage.The Women in Space Conference was held February 7 and 8th at Arizona State University’s Skysong facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. The meeting brought together planetary scientists, astronomers, engineers, educators, and others under one roof to discuss a similarly diverse set of topics. The conference format was single-track, which mostly effective at keeping all the attendees in the same room for sessions within and outside of our respective fields. The schedule during the main conference days was distributed between keynotes, panel discussions, and clusters of shorter talks. The latter were nominally eight minutes in duration, although that time limit frequently went flying by during the speaker’s methods section.Day one kicked off with a keynote given by Dr. Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty, who shared a funny, upbeat look into her unorthodox path into space law. She set a precedent for honesty, openness, ...

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