Black Holes, Blazars, and Women of Color in Science

From the young age of 12, Jedidah Isler, a 2016 National Geographic emerging explorer, knew she wanted to be an astrophysicist. Despite the fact that there are so few women of color in the disciple of astrophysics, Isler and her family knew that if anyone could do it, she could. The first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Yale, Isler studies blazing quasars, which are basically supermassive, hyperactive black holes. Isler takes the stage to talk about her passion for studying "blazars," her dedication to supporting and expanding opportunities for students of color within the sciences, and the need to include all people regardless of their identity into the conversation around science to make sure the best possible discoveries are being made.

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