M. Chantale Damas
Area: Asteroids, Comets, Meteors; Stellar Evolution;
Galaxies; Astronomy Education
current employment. Department of Physical, Enviromental
Sciences, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn
Captivated by stars from a very early age, she recalls she was 11 when she first came to the U.S. from Haiti and learned about Albert Einstein in school. "It was love at first sight," she declares. "Maybe it was the hair, but I was totally mesmerized by what he did. I wanted to be just like that."
As an adult, that passion for astronomy and physics has translated
into a desire to teach others about the mysteries of science.
In 1993 she completed her dissertation in space plasma physics
at the University of California at San Diego. With the help of
grants from the National Science Foundation and the Space Telescope
Science Institute, she has designed an undergraduate physics course
at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus that makes the subject
more accessible to non-science majors and has started an astronomy
workshop for elementary school teachers so they can impart that
knowledge in a meaningful way to schoolchildren.
references: Fikes: From Banneker to Best: Some Stellar Careers In Astronomy and Astrophysics;
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