In this lesson students will be learning about the life and work of Fred Begay, also known as Fred Young and Clever Hunter, the first Native American to earn a PhD in physics.
Students will be introduced to the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and consider the importance of diversity.
Students will learn about different disabilities, how they affect a scientist's ability to participate in academic conferences, and the policies intended to lessen their obstacles.
Students will learn about the contributions of contemporary women to physics, astronomy, and related disciplines. They will also explore careers and the significance of professional societies in physics.
Students will learn, through research and debate, about the conflicts that can arise between astronomical and local communities over the construction of observatories.
Students will learn about racially and professionally diverse physicists.