Reach Out and Touch Some Science!
"The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding."
- Leonardo da Vinci
Our explorations of the natural world and our scientific discoveries are nothing to be kept in a box. Science is a wonderful tool, one that has given us greater understanding of our place in the cosmos than any other human enterprise. Sharing our work in scientific research and discovery is a necessary way to ensure that science remains a human endeavor, something that is "of the people, by the people, and for the people." I love having opportunities to talk about science, life, and the cosmos with other people.
To communicate science, I've been writing through my blog "A Cosmobiologist's Dream", where I share little tid-bits on science, culture, mathematics, weird biology, music, space exploration, and more. I've given public talks at schools, museums, science centers, and planetariums, and I've also taken on roles in judging science fairs, mentoring students and families in developing research projects, and in reaching out to young people from across the planet who are interested in astrobiology and aiding them in their own academic and research endeavors. I'm now writing a book based on one of my most well-received planetarium talks. I'm always on the lookout for new collaborations and partnerships in science communication.
Below are some examples of my current and past projects in communicating science.