Below is our interview with Rachel L. Smith, an astronomer who is Head of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab, and Curator of Meteorites at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Appalachian State University.
What should you join us (especially after a grueling but delightful summer AAS?)
The meeting will be panels, workshops, and fantastic plenaries. We are focused on getting folks the skills and experiences they are looking for, and hoping to help build collaborations and alliances. There will be the opportunity to share your work via posters, and several different mixers and opportunities to meet up and find new research collaborators!
Some highlights include a panel on "Engaging the Nashville Recommendations" (recommendations can be found here, a result of the powerful Inclusive Astronomy meeting from June 2015), workshops on Bystander Intervention and Anti-Racism training, and a hack session on demographics - what questions should we be asking, and how? We will discuss the progress we have made and the work we still have to do to support all women in astrophysics, and create a truly inclusive field.
Please join us! You can register here, and let me (or any of the other organizing committee members) know if you have burning questions we can answer. We look forward to seeing you in Austin. Early registration ends on April 15th, so sign up now!