Disability Pride Month Tidbits

Disability Pride Month Tidbits: Listening to the Stars

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Dr. Wanda Diaz-Merced is a blind astrophysicist who developed a way to present graphic data from telescopes as sounds using a software called xSonify. This software takes different numerical data points and uses pitch, volume, and rhythm to represent them in a process called sonification. Dr. Diaz-Merced’s PhD thesis focused on how using sonification can improve the interpretation of data. Not only is visual data inaccessible, but a significant amount of the information can be lost when it is interpreted. Using sonification data, Dr. Diaz-Merced studied high energy astronomical phenomena such as gamma ray bursts and has contributed to significant discoveries with it. Today, she continues to advocate for accessibility in the scientific community and research at the South African Astronomical Observatory.

To read more on Dr. Diaz-Merced, check out these links:

https://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/about/people/Wanda_Diaz-Merced.html
https://poc2.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/2014diazmercedphd.pdf
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/star-sounds-wanda-diaz-merced-ted-1.3452236
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/making-astronomy-accessible-for-the-visually-impaired/
-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hY9QSdaReY&feature=youtu.be&t=416 (captioned)
-https://ras.ac.uk/events-and-meetings/ras-public-lectures-and-events/public-lecture-sonifying-cosmos-dr-wanda-diaz

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Last Updated October 24, 2019