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Dr. Sierra (Weigman) Brown, a recent graduate from the State University of New York at Fredonia, is set to deliver a talk titled “From Planetary Geochemistry to Indigenous Environmental Policy: Charting Career Paths Across the Cosmos with Code” on Friday, April 5. The event will take place at noon in Houghton Hall Room 025 and is open to all who wish to attend.

Dr. Brown currently works as a Staff Scientist and Research Software Engineer at Million Concepts, LLC. She earned her B.S. in Geophysics and Geochemistry from SUNY Fredonia in 2016, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences from Brown University in 2018 and 2022 respectively.

During her graduate studies, Dr. Brown focused on remote sensing and geochemical modeling of the Martian surface. She has been involved in scientific and technical work for different NASA missions, including Curiosity, Perseverance, and VIPER. Dr. Brown is known for her work as the lead developer of the Planetary Data Reader tool, which allows easy access to NASA data with a single command. Additionally, she has contributed significantly to various other top-tier planetary science software libraries.

As an enrolled member of the Shinnecock Nation, Dr. Brown incorporates the practice of “Two-Eyed Seeing” to offer a unique perspective that integrates indigenous and western knowledge systems into her work.

Recently, she has been more actively integrating her native heritage into her work and is currently leading a NASA Transform to Open Science Training grant project called “Knowing the Sky: Building Open Science Skills through Native Knowledge Practices.”

Dr. Brown was honored with the NASA Space Tech Catalyst Prize for her efforts in supporting underrepresented groups in space technology development.

She aims to direct her future work towards developing software that can directly aid in the environmental justice initiatives of indigenous tribes.

The talk promises to be an insightful journey across the cosmos that explores how code can help chart career paths for individuals interested in planetary geochemistry or indigenous environmental policy.

Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with questions about how they can use code to advance their careers or how they can incorporate their native heritage into their work like Dr. Brown has done successfully.

This talk is open to all who are interested in learning more about how code can help chart career paths across various fields related to space technology development or environmental justice initiatives.

By Aiden Johnson

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