Category: outreach

Unicorns and Starry Nights

This semester, a number of astronomers at UVa are participating in a project called Dark Skies, Bright Kids.  Each week, a group head out to a local elementary school and do astronomy-related project with the third, fourth, and fifth graders…

Skepticism 102

I had long ago promised to write about what came out of Skeptrack at Dragon*Con. It’s taken some time to process, and there have been many other distractions (life, work, etc) but here I finally begin… I’ve written previously about…

Dragon*Con Post-Op

Holy. Frakkin. Wow. So, I attended, no, experienced my very first Dragon*Con. It was on a scale of something that I have never seen before. Tens of thousands of freaks and geeks, many in costume, descended upon downtown Atlanta to…

Dr. SETI and "Cosmic Carl"

Fans of Skepticality (and let’s face it, who doesn’t love Derek and Swoopy?) know that the latest podcast includes an interview with Daniel Loxton, editor of Junior Skeptic and the man behind “Where Do We Go From Here?” and “What…

Public night and Carnivals…

So now that I have a brand-new laptop, where the battery works and the hard drive isn’t trying to take off, I have no excuse for not keeping up with my blog, even when the weather is gorgeous.  That’s what…

Marking the PAPER Trail

So last week I finally got out to Green Bank, West Virginia, to do some field work on our array, PAPER, or the Precision Array to Probe the Epoch of Reionization. It’s quite nice to run around outside and work…

For your listening pleasure and amusement…

Neil deGrasse Tyson, super cool astronomer, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and science popularizer extraordinaire, is wrapping up his Pluto Files book tour, including a stop in the “city of brotherly love” this past week. The Free Library of Philadelphia…

New York's Hidden Museum

This came up about a week ago, in the midst of all the Darwin Day goodness, on Carl Zimmer’s The Loom. He and photographer Justine Cooper each got to take a tour of the hidden parts of the American Museum…