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21 Astronomy Poetry Prompts

Tomorrow, two of our awesome Adler Summer Teen Interns start working with me! Inspired by Chris Emdin’s Science Genius, my two interns will be working on creating performance pieces inspired by astronomy. Since there’s nothing scarier than a blank page, … Continue reading

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Every Day is a Vigil

Like many others, I am shocked, saddened and angered by the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case. And like many others have noted, the fact that I am white means I can be shocked, saddened, and angered– but … Continue reading

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Career Palanca

Yesterday, I asked my academic friends on Facebook what they thought of giving a copies of letters of recommendation to the students they’d written them for, as a way of giving those students encouragement they could reread when the going … Continue reading

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Second Ride of the #ScienceTrain

Two Saturdays ago, ScienceTrain took its second ride on the NYC subway! Our numbers expanded a bit this time, with Renee Hlozek (Princeton) and David “Doddy” Marsh (Perimeter Institute) joining Jeff Oishi (AMNH) and myself aboard the C train. We … Continue reading

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End note: the show (er, conference) goes on!

Previously, I’d written about the political barriers facing the Kepler Science Conference, with an update last week that only (only!) the government shutdown stood to derail the meeting. I’m happy to report that the end to the shutdown means that … Continue reading

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Upcoming Talks & Events – July

If you’re in the NYC area, come catch me at one of the following events: The Intergalactic Travel Bureau Daily July 12 – 21, 10am – 10pm – Free 266 W 37th Street I’ll be the resident astrophysicist at the … Continue reading

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The Beginning, End, and Future of the Kepler Mission

Four years ago, the Monday before last, I was standing on a small spit of land at Kennedy Space Flight Center. It was dark, I was cold (having foolishly assumed that Florida in May would be warm), but above all, … Continue reading

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