Posts made in September, 2009


I know a set of men who had a dream. They wanted to see every child in the world have access to a high-quality low-cost telescope. They wanted something that would show the rings of Saturn, survive a tumble down the stairs, and just keep revealing the sky night after night after night. This is a good dream; a dream inspired by the one laptop per child project. It is a dream that could be a reality, but it needs help. These men need...

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This is a piece on gender inequity and sexual discrimination (not sexual harassment, which is a different and emotionally more devastating thing). I´m writing this at this time not because of any one thing that´s happened, but because of a culmination of things. Sometimes it just seems like a topic is in the air, building momentum, and this topic has finally found a voice in me. This post had three different triggers. The first was a...

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NASA Town Hall Meeting


Posted By on Sep 14, 2009

It is with great hope that I blog this town hall meeting. Tonight the new EP/O Lead for NASA, Steph Stockman (geosteph on twitter), is presenting NASA Education and the new vision for NASA’s new future under Charles Bolden. As some of you know, for the past several years I have one conference after another blogged with a certain degree of bitterness the mistreatment of education and astronomy at the hands of Michael Griffin....

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Dragon*Con Retrospective


Posted By on Sep 14, 2009

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Dragon*Con, where I slept too little and ran real hard. It was good, but I have to admit it is all a blur of images and emotions. When I try to think of those 4 days in Atlanta, my brain responds with flickering fragments of moments. I’ve posted many of my pictures on flickr. Others are doing the same. I’m sure the story is documented (perhaps too well), and if you have images, can...

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Another day and yet another plane. This time I’m on my way to the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s annual meeting in San Francisco, California. I’ll be part of three different presentations: Panel: The Spectrum of Citizen Science Projects in Astronomy and Space Science (Mon. Sep 14, 3:30pm-5:00pm) Panel: International Year of Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone Projects: What’s Available for You (Tue. Sep 15,...

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