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Black Sun Newsletter!

Black Sun Newsletter!

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Published by Kelvin Phillips
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Published by: Kelvin Phillips on Dec 19, 2012
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“I grew up in the ghetto... I ought a lot...[Then] I discovered Albert Einstein.--Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi
Project Description
Black Sun’s
project goals are:
1. To expose audiences to research projects within astrophysics and the ongoing contributions o under-represented minorities to scientic research in astronomy.2. To educate the public about the STEM concepts appearing in the lm, and about scientic research that takesastrophysicists “into the eld” away rom their university or oce settings.3. To inspire young people, especially underrepresented minorities, to consider STEM careers.
Black Sun
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.
Black Sun
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. Weollow them as they engage withstudents, and each other, in pursuito answers to their solar research.
Black Sun
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 11Arican Americans were grantedPhDs in astronomy - well short o their raction o the U.S. population(12.4%). This lack o presencemisinorms young people o colorwith the idea that no one “likethem” can become a scientist.
Black Sun
seeks to correct thismisinormation, as well as the myththat scientists are “stuck in a lab,”and that science is boring. Youngpeople, especially, will be able tovisualize a lie 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 scientic journeys.
Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi , TEDxOrlando“How We Know” 
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