Dr. Nicole Gugliucci is an astronomer, writer, and educator with a background in instrumentation and a passion for sharing the Universe. She is an assistant professor of physics at in a small liberal arts college in New Hampshire where she teaches physics and astronomy. In addition to teaching introductory and advanced level physics and astronomy, Dr. Gugliucci gives talks on campus and with local groups about the convergence of science and science fiction. At night, she can often be found leading constellation tours and telescope observing sessions at the college’s observatory. As a postdoctoral fellow, she worked as the informal education lead for the citizen science project CosmoQuest, giving presentations at conventions, star parties, and professional meetings on how people can get involved in current research. She also does hands-on astronomy activities with children and teachers, literally bringing the Universe into their grasp. Her science outreach has taken her to Dragon Con, CONvergence, GeekGirlCon, and other events where she can interact through talks, demonstrations, and conversations with anyone with an interest in science.
Dr. Gugliucci earned her doctorate from the University of Virginia in 2012 building a radio telescope array as part of a global effort to detect hydrogen from the early Universe. She has been working with radio telescopes since 2003, having co-authored several peer reviewed scientific articles on the subject, and she continues to find ways to use radio astronomy to educate people in the various ways that astronomers study the Universe. At the University of Virginia, spent countless nights observing the sky with students and the general public.
In addition to her scientific work and teaching, Dr. Gugliucci is a freelance blogger previously writing for Discovery Space News, covering astronomy’s breaking news stories with an in-depth perspective of someone in the field. She has worked diligently over the years to find new ways to translate the exciting findings of the scientific literature into a form without the confusing jargon so that everyone can appreciate them. Dr. Gugliucci also blogs for Skepchick and its education-themed sister site, School of Doubt, making the plea for more citizen involvement in the scientific process and advocating for better science education. She has participated in YouTube Live Events such as the Weekly Space Hangout and was the co-host of “Learning Space,” a biweekly show about astronomy and science in education. She has also produced several such live videos for special events, such as NASA’s “Ceres Series” as the Dawn spacecraft heads towards asteroid Ceres.
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