Alien Life in our Galaxy
ON TUESDAY 7TH MARCH DR. LAURA MCKEMMISH AND EMILY SPANGLER TALKED ABOUT THEIR WORK IN PHYSICS
On Tuesday we held our Lent term Girls in Physics event. This was attended by over 70 pupils and parents from Highgate School and our Chrysalis partner schools.
We enjoyed two talks, the first from Dr. Laura McKemmish from University College London. She spoke about her research on the spectral observations of exoplanets, and challenged everyone with her exploration of the likelihood of alien life being present in our galaxy. Dr. McKemmish was lively and engaging, and pupils were encouraged to take opportunities available to them through the UCL ORBYTS programme, and university summer schools.
After a buffet dinner, and some great conversations about what had been heard, our second speaker inspired everyone in the room. Emily Spangler from ARUP Engineering told us about her personal background and her professional career. She focussed on her work with the NGO Bridges to Prosperity and how the work she has most valued has been that which has made a significant impact on the lives of communities in developing countries. It was also interesting to hear about Emily’s experiences of proving herself to be strong enough to carry rocks and manage a project as the only women working on a project that she led in South America.
The whole evening was really interesting and engaging, and it was a pleasure to hear the girls’ questions to do with each speaker’s research or work, along with those about their experiences as a female Physicist or Engineer.
Our next Girls in Physics event will be in The Mills Centre from 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday 4th May.
If pupils would like to get involved with the ORBYTS project, then they should speak to Dr. Whyatt. They should also look out for the lunchtime talk on Thursday 16th March from Dr Jess Wade (one of our speakers from the last Girls in Physics event) to which everyone is welcome, and for a lunchtime talk before Easter from another engineer from ARUP.