July Star Notes Update

4 women sitting at a table
A scene from Joyce Van Dyke’s play, The Women Who Mapped the Stars

Hi everyone,

Happy summer! Thanks so much for your hard work on the project–we are so grateful for everything our volunteers have done! We currently have the notebooks of Mollie O’Reilly on our project. Mollie O’Reilly worked at the Harvard College Observatory from 1906-1918. She became Mrs. Mollie Sloan in 1918. We don’t have a lot of information about O’Reilly, but she was photographed a few times as part of the Computers group, which you can view here. If you participated in Sally’s Night from the National Air and Space Museum, did you notice that Henrietta Swan Leavitt and Mary Fowler were mentioned along with other inspiring women in science? We were so glad to be able to assist the National Air and Space Museum with that event. 

We are excited for our next Summer Art Series event on July 13th. Throughout the summer, we will be hearing from three artists and creatives who have been inspired in some way by the Harvard Computers during our monthly Office Hours. On Tuesday, July 13th, we’ll be speaking with playwright Joyce Van Dyke, creator of the play The Women Who Mapped the Stars. And on Tuesday, August 10th, Erika Blumenfeld will be joining us to talk about how she has drawn inspiration from the glass plates with her art. Click here to read more about each of the artists. Each artist will discuss their works, with time after for discussion and questions. Of course, feel free to bring questions related to Project PHaEDRA as well. We are very lucky to be hearing from them this summer! 

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 samantha.correia@cfa.harvard.edu). 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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