Author: Michelle Mason, PhD candidate studying active galactic nuclei
"I've loved math and science my whole life
and I hope I can share some of that love
with you. I don't want to tell you, or even
show you, about science and how we
communicate it. I want to involve you. "
Or, in regular English: Hello World! My name is Michelle and I'll be running our SciComm blog for the next week. I've loved math and science my whole life and I hope I can share some of that love with you.
Third grade science class is what really started me off on this journey. We were learning about all nine planets in the Solar System (back before Pluto was demoted), and I decided right then and there that I simply had to learn everything about the Universe. Literally. Everything. Ah, youth... so much energy, ambition, and naivety. But can you really blame me? The Hubble Space Telescope produces the most outstanding pictures of the Universe. Then, to top it off, Contact (the movie) came out, and my fate was sealed. Don't get me started on the scientific inaccuracies of that movie, but 3rd grader me neither knew nor cared. Space was beautiful and amazing, and I needed to know more.
I landed myself a spot at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) and graduated with a double major in Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences. As an undergraduate I worked on multiple research projects. From detecting supernovae to detecting dark matter, I was always looking to the cosmos for more answers. What I ended up with was more questions, but such is the nature of science.
For the next week I don't want to tell you, or even show you, about science and how we communicate it. I want to involve you. I will bring you different citizen science projects that you can get involved with at home. No experience necessary! It's never too late to get involved and contribute to scientific findings.
The Universe is so vast and full of unsolved questions that there's never a bad time to start investigating its mysteries.
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
-- Carl Sagan
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