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The Decade Ahead: Will We Still Reach for the Stars?
January 27th, 2020 7:30pm
A talk with Griffith Observatory Curator, Dr. Laura Danly
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As we face the monumental challenges and opportunities that define our time, we can find lessons in the achievements of the past. In 2019, we celebrated the fifty-year anniversary since Apollo put men on the Moon. Griffith Observatory Curator Dr. Laura Danly takes a look, at the close of the decade, at what lies ahead for the future of humanity.





Will we — and can we — undertake Apollo-scale adventures? The actions we take in the next ten years will set the course.




Dr. Laura Danly is an American astronomer and academic. Currently, Dr. Danly serves as Curator at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Prior to her current position, she served as Chair of the Department of Space Sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Previously, Dr. Danly held academic posts at the University of Denver (where she served as assistant professor), and at Pomona College (where she served as visiting assistant professor). In these positions, she developed curricula focusing on astronomy, archaeoastronomy, solar physics, astrophotography, and astrobiology.


Danly spent several years at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, where she held a variety of positions including project scientist for education, assistant astronomer, and Hubble Fellow. In addition, Dr. Danly conducted post-doctoral research at the STSci.


In 1991, Dr. Danly founded the Women’s Science Forum to encourage young women to pursue careers in science by providing opportunities to meet and ask questions of leading women scientists and engineers and take part in hands-on activities to explore opportunities in various career disciplines. In 1993, Dr. Danly co-authored The Baltimore Charter for Women in Astronomy to address the concerns of women as a minority group in the field of astronomy.


Dr. Danly received a B.A. in Physics from Yale University, and earned a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


Dr. Danly has also been a common guest scientist on the documentary series The Universe in all seven seasons and on How the Universe Works.


Check-in and the Café at the End of the Universe open at 6:00 p.m. The Observatory will be closed to the general public, and the only area/exhibits inside the building open to ticketed guests is in the immediate vicinity of the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. The Stellar Emporium will be closed.





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