Rowan to host lectures on female astronomer

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As part of its Women's History Month celebration, Rowan University will host two lectures by Dr. Janet Schulte, the executive director of the Maria Mitchell Association, on Tuesday March 11.

As part of its Women's History Month celebration, Rowan University will host two lectures by Dr. Janet Schulte, the executive director of the Maria Mitchell Association, on Tuesday March 11.

The first public lecture will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Edelman Planetarium in Science Hall on ‘Ordinary Capacity and Extraordinary Persistence': The Educational Philosophy of Maria Mitchell, 19th Century Astronomer and Professor. The second lecture will be a talk and planetarium show from 7 to 8 p.m.  Both events are free and open to the public.

In 1847, Nantucket astronomer Mitchell discovered a telescopic comet, invisible to the naked eye, according to the organization, and that discovery brought her fame and brought science and education much change.

The organization named for her was founded in 1902 to celebrate the legacy of the astronomer, librarian, and educator. Located off the coast of Massachusetts, the organization notes it  "is dedicated to furthering science education, encouraging women in science, and serving as a science resource for Nantucket . . . (and) to increase(ing) knowledge and public awareness of the universe and the natural world through programs of scientific research and education."

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