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This is a bit of a relaunch because I'm now working on another book, tentatively titled The Edge of Space-Time, and I thought it was time to give "The Disordered Cosmos" a rest after using it since I started my first blog around 2007.
While I have your attention, here are a few new pieces that dropped recently.
The Infinite Possiblities of Afrofuturism. My review for Foreign Policy of the Smithsonian's new Afrofuturism exhibition:
Imagine that Benjamin Banneker, Phillis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, and Frederick Douglass, instead of being tasked with fighting slavery and arguing for Black humanity, crewed a spaceship together.
A call to cite Black women and gender minorities. Symmetry Magazine covered the Cite Black Women+ in Physics and Astronomy Bibliography.
Nadra Nittle at The 19th generously did a Q&A with me about the significance of my achievement as one of under 20 Black women to earn tenure in American physics. I enjoyed this sentence in it: "Today, the teen who didn’t recognize her own galaxy is not only an expert on the cosmos but also a trailblazing scholar."
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