A conversation with Sarafina El-Badry Nance
(May 2023)

Title: Starstruck – A conversation with Sarafina El-Badry Nance

Speaker: Sarafina El-Badry Nance

Host: Antoine Wojdyla (

Date and time: Wednesday, April 26th, 2023 1pm. Rescheduled (Berkeley downtown)

Location: Building 50 auditorium, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory TBD
Live streamed on

Description: The Global ERG ( is delighted to invite you for a conversation with Sarafina El-Badry Nance, an astrophysicist at Berkeley Lab, a science communicator and an advocate from women's health. She will discuss among other things her experience as analog astronaut, and the release of her memoir Starstruck ("the best book you will ever read about growing up to be a scientist.” according to Sean Carroll, New York Times bestselling author of The Biggest Ideas in the Universe: Space, Time, and Motion.)

Pre-order for her book (release date June 6th, 2023):

Starstruck: A Memoir of Astrophysics and Finding Light in the Dark (Amazon)

About Sarafina El-Badry Nance: Sarafina El-Badry Nance is an Egyptian-American astrophysicist, analog astronaut, author, science communicator, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, and fervent women's health advocate. Passionate about increasing science literacy, she uses a variety of mediums (social media, books, academic publications, film, and TV) to share the magic of the universe with the world. After being diagnosed with the cancer-causing BRCA mutation and having a preventative double mastectomy at age twenty-six, she publicly advocates for genetic testing, self-checks, and equity in healthcare. She has been awarded fellowships by the National Science Foundation, been named one of Forbes' 30 Inspirational Women and was on Forbes' list of "30 Under 30" and the Arab America Foundation's "40 Under 40." She lives in Berkeley with her partner and her dog, Comet.