June Star Notes Update

three images of artwork
Promotional poster for Project PHaEDRA Summer Art Series.

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re all doing well! Thanks so much for your continued efforts on our project. 

Martha Borton’s notebooks were completed quickly; as always, we’re amazed by the continuous support from our volunteers. We currently have Mary Fowler’s notebooks on the project. Fowler’s work mostly focused on lunar plates. 

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Summer Art Series during our Office Hours in June, July, and August. We will be hearing from three artists and creatives who have been inspired in some way by the Harvard Computers. On Tuesday, June 8th at 2pm EST, we will be hearing from Anna Von Mertens, a visual artist inspired by the works of Henrietta Swan Leavitt. 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 present on 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! 

The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum recently published a blog post about the Harvard Computers and Project PHaEDRA. Sam worked with Dr. Emily Margolis to write the article. Dr. Margolis presented at our May Office Hours, and we were so grateful to her for her presentation about working in museums. Let us know what you think of the blog post!

In our continued partnership with the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, we have been assisting with an event happening in June. Mark your calendars for a celebration of women in space and space sciences at the National Air and Space Museum! On Friday, June 18, the anniversary of astronaut Sally Ride’s first spaceflight, the Museum will invite the community to share how they #ShineLikeSally on social media. How science shines in your life can look different – from studying space, going to space, or transcribing the notebooks and plates of women in astronomy! The celebration will be publicly announced shortly. Keep an eye on the Museum website for details (airandspace.si.edu).

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. 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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