The Art of Being a Scientist

I’ve had “The Art of Being a Scientist: A Guide for Graduate Students and their Mentors” sitting on my desk for some time now. It looks to be a fascinating and useful read, however, I was deathly afraid that I was “too late” to open the book and get anything from it. I mean, I’mContinue reading “The Art of Being a Scientist”

Skeptic Confessions

I have so many things I *have* to write, but I find it hard to just get started. So here’s something rather whimsical and personal and free-form to start… the journey of just one little skeptic. I am skeptical because I am gullible. I have to work at skepticism for my own benefit. Elyse overContinue reading “Skeptic Confessions”

Help us help kids with just a few clicks!

If you know me in person, you’ve probably heard me talk on and on about Dark Skies, Bright Kids, aka DSBK. This is an astronomy club for elementary school kids in Albemarle County, run by volunteers from the Astronomy Department at the University of Virginia. We visit a different school every semester, meeting with theContinue reading “Help us help kids with just a few clicks!”

Book Review: NatGeo's Backyard Guide to the Night Sky

I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of National Geographic’s Backyard Guide to the Night Sky for my first “official” book review.  (My first “unofficial” one was for Death from the Skies.) So instead of fearing for our lives and civilization, let’s enjoy the wonders that the night sky and the universe have toContinue reading “Book Review: NatGeo's Backyard Guide to the Night Sky”

Look out, it’s "Death from the Skies!"

So if you are one of those who have wandered over to my blog from time to time, surely you know of the Bad Astronomer. He’s not “bad” in the “good vs. bad” sense, more like “badass.” Well, actually, Phil Plait became known for his book and website, “Bad Astronomy” which debunked popular astronomy mythsContinue reading “Look out, it’s "Death from the Skies!"”