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MSU Home :: Academics :: Event Cancelled - Dr. Wanda Díaz-Merced Lecture

Update: 02/20/2014

Due to an unexpected health issue that will require surgery, Dr. Wanda Diaz-Merced will not be able to travel to MSU for her talks on sonification. Her presentations will be rescheduled for a later date, to be determined. 



Dr. Wanda Díaz-Merced to lecture at MSU

Dr. Wanda Díaz-Merced Morehead State University’s Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics will present Dr. Wanda Díaz-Merced Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. in the Crager Room of the Adron Doran University Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Díaz-Merced also will speak to faculty and science major on “Sonification of Astronomical Data: New Horizons in Time-Domain Astrophysics,” on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 12:40 203 Lappin Hall.

Dr. Díaz-Merced is a Puerto Rican astrophysicist and computer scientist, who happens to be blind. She completed her B.S. and M.S. in physics at the University of Puerto Rico and her Ph.D. in computer sciences at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Dr. Díaz-Merced will share her inspiring journey from rural Gurabo, her hometown, to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Heliophysics Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

She also will discuss her research on sonification, the science of translating numerical and astrophysical data into sound signals for analysis. Sonification works in a manner similar to how notes on a music score are translated into music. An advantage of sonification is that, through hearing, it allows the detection of subtle changes in numerical patterns in data that cannot be easily detected by traditional techniques.

Co-sponsors for her visit are MSU’s American Physical Society, Office of Multiculturalism and Inclusion and the Office of Diversity.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Wilson González-Espada, Associate Professor of Physics and Science Education, at 606-783-2927 or

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