“I grew up in the ghetto... I ought a lot...[Then] I discovered Albert Einstein.”--Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi
project goals are:
1. To expose audiences to research projects within astrophysics and the ongoing contributions o under-represented minorities to scientic research in astronomy.2. To educate the public about the STEM concepts appearing in the lm, and about scientic research that takesastrophysicists “into the eld” away rom their university or oce settings.3. To inspire young people, especially underrepresented minorities, to consider STEM careers.
is a eature documentarychronicling the lives o twoglobe-trotting astrophysicists, Dr.Alphonse Sterling and Dr. HakeemOluseyi, as they conduct timeintensive experiments during twocelestial events: the May 20, 2012annular solar eclipse in Tokyo, Japanand the November 14, 2012 totalsolar eclipse in Cairns, Australia.By studying the solar atmosphereduring an eclipse, the scientistsgather data that helps to predictwhen solar ares and other seismicsolar disturbances will occur. Thesechanges disrupt satellites and otherelectronic instruments we use tosurvive and thrive on Earth.
also seeks to inspireAmerica’s youth, especially those inunderserved populations. The lmaccomplishes this by documentingthe two scientists’ lives, successesand ailures. We meet the scientistsin the prime o their lives. Weollow them as they engage withstudents, and each other, in pursuito answers to their solar research.
explores how and why thetwo men became scientists, theiropposing paths and personalities,their struggles as minorities ina STEM (Science, Technology,Engineering, Mathematics) eld,and their important experimentsinvolving the sun.
14 November 2012 Total Eclipse, Cairns Australia
The 2006 “Survey o EarnedDoctorates” reported that rom1997-2006, out o 1,217 totalastronomy graduates, only 11Arican Americans were grantedPhDs in astronomy - well short o their raction o the U.S. population(12.4%). This lack o presencemisinorms young people o colorwith the idea that no one “likethem” can become a scientist.
seeks to correct thismisinormation, as well as the myththat scientists are “stuck in a lab,”and that science is boring. Youngpeople, especially, will be able tovisualize a lie lled with importantresearch and discovery. By ollowingDrs. Oluseyi and Sterling as theyview and gather data rom the twoeclipses, it is the lmmakers’ goalto inspire young people to such anextent that they will seek out theirown incredible scientic journeys.
Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi , TEDxOrlando“How We Know”