I still find that my most challenging experiences with discrimination are an awful non-linear combination of how people respond to my gender presentation, to my racial/ethnic presentation, and the assumptions people make about the socioeconomic class I grew up in.CHANDA PRESCOD-WEINSTEIN - post on 'Women in Astronomy'
Visiting Scholar 2011-2014
Hosted by Prof. Ed Bertschinger, Department of Physics
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein earned her PhD at the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute. Research interests: quantum fields in curved spaces, novel relativistic and field theoretic dark-matter models and predictions, and quantum gravity formalism and phenomenology.
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein hails from East Los Angeles and was a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow in the Observational Cosmology Lab at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.
She earned her bachelors in Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics at Harvard College, a Masters of Science in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a PhD at the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute.
Dr. Prescod-Weinstein’s research interests include studying quantum fields in curved spaces for the purposes of cosmological calculations, novel relativistic and field theoretic dark matter models and predictions, and quantum gravity formalism and phenomenology.
As a three-year MLK Visiting Scholar, she continued her research on exploring models from particle physics and quantum gravity for cosmic acceleration, as well as her investigations of the systematics associated with using a space telescope to do weak lensing for precision cosmology. She also worked with Prof. Bertschinger to develop a Boston-area peer-mentoring network for women of color in science and engineering. Dr. Prescod-Weinstein enjoys mentoring and is an active member in the National Society of Black Physicists, the National Society of Hispanic Physicists, and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).