August Star Notes Update

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re all doing well! As always, we really appreciate your dedication as volunteers. We currently have the notebooks of Frances Woodworth Wright on our project. Wright (1897-1989) earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brown in 1920 and received a PhD in astronomy from Barnard in 1958. She taught at Elmira College before starting at Harvard College Observatory as a computer. Frances Woodworth Wright taught celestial navigation to sailors during WWII (and for many years afterwards). She also wrote three books on celestial navigation. 

We are excited for our final Summer Art Series event on August 10th. Throughout the summer, we have heard from artists and creatives who have been inspired in some way by the Harvard Computers during our monthly Office Hours. And on Tuesday, August 10th, Erika Blumenfeld will be joining us to talk about her current work with Island Press that focuses on the visual language and mark-making developed by the Harvard Observatory Computers. Erika Blumenfeld is a transdisciplinary artist, writer and researcher who traces the stories of connection across the cosmos through intersections of art, science, nature and culture. We are looking forward to hearing from her. Of course, feel free to bring questions related to Project PHaEDRA as well. Register here to attend the August 10th at 2PM! 

If you have some time, we invite you to take our anonymous survey. Your feedback will help us learn more about how we can better connect with you, our volunteers. We want to acknowledge your stories and your experiences, and this survey will help us do that! This survey is completely anonymous and won’t be used by the Zooniverse platform in any way. Thanks in advance! 

If you’re a volunteer looking to get credit for your work on our project, please fill out this Google Form to receive a volunteer confirmation on Center for Astrophysics letterhead (you will need to sign in to a Google account to submit the form. If you don’t have a Google account, you can send an email to As always, if you have any questions for us, or if there’s anything that we can do to help, you can contact us or find us over on the Talk boards. Have a great month! 

Sam and Nico 

Star Notes Team 

Wolbach Library, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 

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