Lunchtime Conversation with Prof. John Johnson

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303, 80 Brown Street

CSREA invites you to a small, informal lunch conversation with Prof. John Johnson, Professor of Astronomy at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, on his experiences in STEM and his advice for other students of color in STEM fields. What kinds of obstacles do underrepresented minorities face in STEM fields? What kinds of strategies helped clear pathways?  

Later that evening, Prof. Johnson will give a lecture as part of the Brown University Presidential Colloquium Series, Thinking Out Loud: Deciphering Mysteries of Our World and Beyond. For more information, visit:

Dr. John Asher Johnson is a Professor of Astronomy at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  His primary research focus is on the detection and characterization of planets outside our Solar System, commonly known as exoplanets.  He has been awarded the AAS Newton Lacy Pierce Prize "for major contributions to understanding fundamental relationships between extrasolar planets and their parent stars," the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship,  and in 2013 he was named one of Astronomy Magazine’s “Ten Rising Stars” in astrophysics. His work has also been featured in Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, Physics Today, Discover and New Scientist. Prof. Johnson writes extensively on the intersection of race and science here on his blog: