Physics on Pointe

Thu, Feb 14, 2019, 8:00 pm

Are you interested in science and the arts? Do you wish you could combine a career in both? Would you like to hear from a remarkable woman who has done exactly that? 

Then come hear from Merritt Moore, a physicist and professional ballet dancer! Merritt Moore has earned an undergraduate physics degree from Harvard followed by a PhD in Atomic and Laser Physics from Oxford, all while pursuing a professional ballet career spanning across the Zurich Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet, and Norwegian National Ballet! Merritt was awarded Forbes 30 under 30 and featured in "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls" Vol 2. She was one of the 12 selected astronaut candidates, out of thousands of applicants, to undergo rigorous astronaut selection on BBC Two "Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?", and she continues to pursue the dream of becoming an astronaut, while pursuing a professional ballet and physics career. Read more about her here and watch her convey her PhD through a gorgeous tango here

At this event, Merritt Moore will discuss her journey as a physicist and professional ballet dancer. She will discuss why studying physics made her a better dancer, and readily discuss all the "failures" and lessons she has learned along the way, share insights into the Quantum Optics research she pursued at Oxford, and perform a physics inspired piece.

Physics En Pointe

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Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall
Open to the University Community