College of Science LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in Science Club: QueerSci Talks - Sifan Kahale

College of Science LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in Science Club
The QueerSci Talks
Sifan Kahale

PanSTARRs Observatory, Institute for Astronomy

University of Hawaii

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This seminar may be attended in person in 3365 Gosnell Hall or online via Zoom.

The QueerSci Talks is a speaker series created by COSLISC meant to highlight queer excellence in STEM and the importance of queer identity in both academia and industry. Food and beverages will be provided.

Speaker Bio:
Being disappointed with the difficulty of using early computers, she designed and built her own. Sifan then started a company producing PCs for the University of Wisconsin's research labs. Sifan was always active in astronomy, finally landing a job in Maui at PanSTARRs Observatory. When she was hired, her first job was to automate the observatory and set it up for 24/7-365 operation. She was also involved in building a virtual presence for the observatory in Second Life and it was there that her identity as a trans-woman was awakened. Sifan ‘retired’ to the central Oregon coast where she teaches at the local college. She has her own observatory at home where she enjoys taking beautiful deep-space images.

The College of Science LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in Science Club (COSLISC) is a group of students dedicated to working with the College of Science to create and promote queer inclusivity efforts for students in order to create a more supportive and comfortable environment for young queer scientists.

Intended Audience: All are welcome.

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Event Snapshot
When and Where
March 24, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room/Location: 3365

This is an RIT Only Event

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