Women in Science and Engineering at YSU is March 3

Pamela Gay is a writer, astronomer and podcaster who will be the keynote speaker for the 15th annual Women in Science and Engineering Career Day this March at Youngstown State University.

Pamela Gay

Astronomer, writer and podcaster Pamela Gay will be the keynote speaker at the 15th annual Women in Science and Engineering Career Day March 3 at Youngstown State University.

The event will be 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is designed to expose young women in grades 6 through 12 to career opportunities in science and technology. Panel discussions will be held during the morning and hands-on activities and lab demonstrations will be held in the afternoon in Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus.

The free event is open to all middle and high school girls from Mahoning and Trumbull counties and western Pennsylvania. Parents can receive college planning and financial aid information and take campus tours while their daughters participate in the workshop.

Registration deadline is March 1. The workshop and lunch are free to all students. Information about the workshop and online registration is at www.ysu.edu/WIS. For more information or to receive a registration form in the mail, contact Diana Fagan YSU professor of Biological Sciences, at 330-941-1554 or dlfagan@ysu.edu.

Gay is an Assistant Research Professor of Graduate Studies and Research at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and executive director of the Astrosphere New Media Association. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics from Michigan State University and both a master’s and  Ph.D. in Astronomy from The University of Texas at Austin.

Her research focuses on how to most effectively engage the public in learning and doing astronomy online. She is the co-host of Astronomy Cast. Each week she and co-host Fraser Cain (Universe Today) take their listeners on a facts-based journey through the universe that tells them not only what we know, but also how we know it. Astronomy Cast just produced its 250th episode. In addition to podcasting, she is also active in citizen science, and is one of the founders of the CosmoQuest citizen science community, which engages people in using NASA images to do necessary science analysis in an online environment that includes online-lectures and star parties, as well as social media. This program builds on the legacy of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, a UN-endorsed celebration of astronomy that Gay helped organize as chair of the New Media Task Force. In this role, she was an organizer and contributor to the daily podcast 365 Days of Astronomy, which continues today. The podcast was awarded the prestigious Parsec Award, which recognizes excellence in science and fiction podcasts. In addition to her work in citizen science and podcasting, she writes her own blog, Star Stryder, which focuses on astronomy and academics.  At the Career Day, Dr. Gay will discuss her career and touch upon various types of careers in astronomy and science education available today.