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Laura Kay

Laura Kay is Ann Whitney Olin professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College, where she has taught since 1991. She received a BS degree in physics and an AB degree in feminist studies from Stanford University, and MS and PhD degrees in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of California–Santa Cruz. As a graduate student she spent 13 months at the Amundsen Scott station at the South Pole in Antarctica, and has had fellowships in Chile and Brazil. She studies active galactic nuclei using optical and X-ray telescopes. At Barnard she teaches courses on astronomy, astrobiology, women and science, and polar exploration.

Books by Laura Kay

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    21st Century Astronomy

    Laura Kay, Stacy Palen, George Blumenthal

    Fifth Edition, Mixed Media Product, 2016

    A textbook that facilitates learning by doing.
  • 9780393265118 72

    21st Century Astronomy: The Solar System

    Laura Kay, Stacy Palen, George Blumenthal

    Fifth Edition, 1, Mixed Media Product, 2015

    A textbook that facilitates learning by doing.
  • 9780393265125 72

    21st Century Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies

    Laura Kay, Stacy Palen, George Blumenthal

    Fifth Edition, 2, Mixed Media Product, 2016

    A textbook that facilitates learning by doing.
  • 9780393936315 72

    Understanding Our Universe

    Stacy Palen, Laura Kay, Bradford Smith, George Blumenthal

    Second Edition, Paperback, 2014

    Students learn astronomy by doing astronomy.
  • 9780393631715 72

    Understanding Our Universe

    Stacy Palen, Laura Kay, George Blumenthal

    Third Edition, Mixed Media Product, 2018

    Students learn best by doing.