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JESSICA A. HARRIS

Physicist. Science Communicator. Consultant. #AuntieJess.

 
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ABOUT ME

I am a physicist, informal educator, science communicator, diversity and inclusion change agent, and dearly known as #AuntieJess. I have a decade of progressive leadership experience in education and public outreach (EPO) and equity, diversity, and inclusion. I am an enthusiastic and engaging public speaker with an affinity for explaining complex science topics to a variety of audiences large and small.

Eagle Nebula (visible) image credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

SPEAKING

I am a sought-after public speaker. I have given hundreds of interactive presentations to all ages from K to grey about Hubble Space Telescope, James Web Space Telescope (JWST), and the Very Large Array (VLA) and the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA). My presentations are designed to inspire and teach people about the amazing wonders of the universe and our place in it. Each talk is tailored to the audience and meant to be interactive.

Eagle Nebula (infrared) image credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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CONSULTING

I am available for consultation related to the design, development, and implementation of education and public outreach (EPO) programs and activities. I am also open to consult on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) related to cultural change within organizations. 

Eagle Nebula (Visible and X-ray) image credit: 

NASA/CXC/INAF/M.Guarcello et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI

#AUNTIEJESS MENTORING

I deeply believe it is my purpose to change the system of entry and access for Black and Brown students in STEM.

I am deeply committed to paying it forward by mentoring the next generation of STEM scholars. I am determined to ensure students never feel alone, hopeless, or not enough. I am your champion, your ally, and your mentor. 

Horsehead Nebula (Infrared) image credit: 

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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TESTIMONIALS

 

As a Contract Specialist that has worked for Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) for almost 6 years, and still understands very little about all the amazingness that goes into the Day to Day of Launching the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), I must admit after sitting in on a few of Ms. Jessica Harris’ student workshops, when she worked at STScI, she gave me a greater understanding and appreciation for the research and time that goes into the launch of the JWST. The sessions was fun and interesting and the students, as well as myself, was fully engaged, enlightened, and was intrigued to learn more during the workshop due to Ms. Harris’ gift of being able to connect people to science in a fun and enlightening way. Thank you Ms. Harris for an amazing experience, all because of your gift to teach and inspire others to listen and learn.

Adia Jones, Subcontracts Specialist, STScI

MEET MY CLIENTS

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NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERATORY

Speaking and #AuntieJess Mentoring

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CALTECH

Co-producing Ask the Astronomers Live (Universe Unplugged)

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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

#AuntieJess Mentoring and NSF CAREERS Grant Collaborator

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STANFORD (KIPAC)

#AuntieJess Mentoring

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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY (ESTABLISHING MULTIMESSENGER ASTRONOMY INCLUSIVE TRAINING, EMIT)

#AuntieJess Mentoring (For professionals)

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WE ARE MARCUS ACADEMY

#AuntieJess Mentoring and Outreach Consultant

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NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK PHYSICISTS

Consultant

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LOCKERROOM RELOADED (ROBBIE CADE FURDGE)

#AuntieJess Mentoring (For professionals)

 

LET'S CONNECT

Interested in learning more about speaking engagements, consulting, or #AuntieJess mentoring please complete the form. Let's partner and intentionally STEM together!

Pillars of Creation (NIRCam Image), Science Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI

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