Jeff Medkeff: a legacy of giving

Jeff Medkeff: a legacy of giving

There are certain moments that get burned into your memory. for me, one of those moments is the morning of August 4, 2008. I was sitting on the floor in Lynn Cominsky’s house getting ready for a teacher training workshop at Sonoma State. Flipping through my email I was stopped cold by a message that Jeff Medkeff, the Blue Collar Scientist, had died of Liver Cancer. While I had never met him personally, he was someone I knew as a fellow doer and teacher of astronomy. He was an asteroid hunter and blogger, and a mentor to countless observers and also to young new media communicators of science. He was a kindred spirit and someone I respected. And he was gone. That year at Dragon*Con, the podcasting track (which was conjoined with the skeptics track back then)...

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Fighting Funding Cuts & Sequestration

Fighting Funding Cuts & Sequestration

Disclaimer: I am writing this post as a private individual. The views in this post are strictly my own, and no approval of an outside entity should be assumed. I have spent the past several weeks trying to figure out how to write this post. Sometimes emotions are so raw that they don’t readily shape themselves into words: They manifest themselves as a face that can’t smile, a head that throbs with a stress migraine, and with an exhaustion driven not by lack of sleep but rather deriving from the emotional exhaustion that just makes a person want to hide in a dark room locked away from the world. My head hurts. I am exhausted. My emotions are raw. I am writing now because there is a very real┬ápossibility┬áthat the proposed restructuring the US education...

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Last Minute Giving

Last Minute Giving

Currently I’m somewhere between the Yucatan Peninsula and Florida. I’ve been at sea on the Norwegian Pearl since Dec 16 for the End of the World (not) Cruise, and all intentions of buying gifts and sending Christmas cards prior this trip were a complete failure. I guess I’m celebrating Eastern Orthodox holiday dates this year! All joking aside, it is the season of giving: both of giving gifts to friends and loved ones because you care, and giving financial donations to organizations you believe in because you want tax deductions. Several organizations I really love were lucky enough to be picked to get financial grants from the Uwingu project: Astronomers Without Borders and the Galileo Teacher Training Program were among the first 4...

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