Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, Astronomer, on our Inspiring Universe

Jennifer Wiseman March 3, 2017

Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is an accomplished NASA astrophysicist, author, and speaker, who studies star-forming regions of our galaxy using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes. Join us for this luncheon as we hear Dr. Wiseman describe recent discoveries about black holes, distant galaxies, and even planets beyond Earth that could be habitable for life. We will discuss how these discoveries can inspire and shape our understanding of what it means to be human beings in a vast, dynamic, and fruitful universe.

Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is an astronomer, author, and speaker. She studies the process of star and planet formation in our galaxy using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes and is currently a senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She is also interested in national science policy and public science engagement and has served as a Congressional Science Fellow of the American Physical Society. She currently directs the program Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received her B.S. in physics from MIT, discovered comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987, and continued her studies at Harvard, earning a Ph.D. in astronomy in 1995. Dr. Wiseman frequently gives public talks on the excitement of scientific discovery. She grew up on an Arkansas farm enjoying late-night stargazing walks with her parents and pets.