Summer as a full-time professor means I get the opportunity to travel. Actually, I have the opportunity to do a lot of things, and I’m currently trying to do them ALL. Because why not?
But, I am using my precious faculty development funds for a couple of conferences as well as a little bit of my own savings for some outreach. Let me know if you’ll be at any of these, and we can get a cup of coffee! Or three. Caffeine is good.
June 12 to June 14 – Cambridge, Massachusetts – International Public Science Events Conference
My buddy Stephen Granade tipped me off to a great conference practically in my backyard. Stephen is the director of the Science Track and DragonCon. I’ll be enjoying the sessions and facilitating one with another astronomy person on running star parties. There is also a fun public event related to the conference on Sunday night called “Solve for X Variety Show,” a “a quirky, irreverent, and sometimes informative science-themed variety show,” so check that out if you’re in the area.
June 20 to 23 – College Park, MD – AAPT New Faculty Workshop
I’ve been looking forward to this all year, the physics and astronomy workshop for us little newbies! It’s a closed workshop, but I’m hoping to get around and see some mid-Atlantic sights and people while I’m there.
June 30 to July 3 – Minneapolis, MN – SkepchickCon at CONvergence
I’m so excited to be going to CONvergence again this year! Though technically a personal trip, I’ll be doing lots of science outreach at the con. (And you can help us with our fundraiser to make it happen, and even win cool prizes!) I’ll be there with the rest of the Skepchick Network putting on some great programming, and my friend Amy Shira Teitel is even a special guest of the Con! The schedule of events is now posted, and here’s my schedule both for my own reference and if you want to come say hello (all times CDT):
- Panspermia! Meteorites as Transportation – Thursday, 12:30pm, Double Tree Plaza 3
- Skepchick Party room activity (comets or rockets?) – Thursday, 2pm, location TBA
- Skepchick Party room activity (comets or rockets?) – Friday, 1pm, location TBA
- Our Place in Space – Friday, 2pm, DoubleTree Atrium 4
- Nature of Science – Friday, 5pm, DoubleTree Atrium 6
- Mercury 13 – Friday, 7pm, DoubleTree Atrium 7
- Play with Rockets (Safely) Sandbox Activity – Saturday, 9:30am, DoubleTree Plaza 2
- Humans vs. Robots: Who Will Travel the Solar System? – Saturday, 11am, DoubleTree Plaza 3
- Gasoline is SO Last Century – Saturday, 2pm, DoubleTree Plaza 1
- The Tim Hunt Honorable “Women In Science” Presentations – Saturday, 5pm, DoubleTree Bloomington
- Make a Comet Sandbox Activity – Saturday, 7pm, DoubleTree Plaza 2
- Mega Space Structures – Sunday, 11am, Crowne Plaza U
The hardest part of all this will be leaving Macey behind. I wish I could take her everywhere! But, I’m sure she’ll enjoy doggie daycare. Almost as much as she enjoys naps.