Chanda Prescod-Weinstein plumbs the deepest corners of the universe to uncover the hiding places of dark matter — and the secret origins of the cosmos.

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Chanda Prescod-Weinstein studies the intersection of astrophysics, particle physics and cosmology in her search to uncover just how amazing the universe is. She is the author of The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred, a popular science book about particle physics, cosmology and how science happens and the winner of the 2021 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the science and technology category. One of the first 100 Black American women to earn a PhD from a physics department, she believes that a dark night sky is humanity's shared inheritance, regardless of our identities.

Prescod-Weinstein is an assistant professor of physics and a core faculty member at the department of Women's and Gender Studies for the University of New Hampshire. She writes a monthly column for New Scientist, is a contributing columnist at Physics World and was named one of ten people who helped shape science global in 2020 by Nature. In 2021, she was awarded the American Physical Society Edward A. Bouchet Award for her contributions to particle cosmology.

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