Rediscovering our knowledge

PIRSA ID: 23090110
Event Type: Seminar
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  • Laurie Rousseau-Nepton, University of Toronto

During this colloquium, I will discuss my journey in looking for astronomical information hiding in the ancestral knowledge of my community. I will show concrete examples of my findings and encourage communities to engage in similar practice to provide content that could be used to teach indigenous Astronomy in classrooms. 



Laurie Rousseau-Nepton is a new faculty at the University of Toronto and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. She comes with six years of experience working as a resident astronomer at the Canada-France-Hawaii Observatory supporting various instruments including wide-field cameras, high-resolution spectrographs, Fourier Transform Spectro-imager. She received her diploma from Université Laval by studying regions of star formation in spiral galaxies and helping with the development of two Fourier Transform Spectro-imagers, SpIOMM and SITELLE. She is now leading an international project called SIGNALS, the Star formation,Ionized Gas, and Nebular Abundances Legacy Survey, which sampled with the SITELLE instrument more than 50,000 of star-forming regions in 40 nearby galaxies to understand how the local environment affect the young star clusters characteristics.