ASTRONOMY ON TAP TRIANGLE
In the spring of 2017 I founded the North Carolina chapter of Astronomy on Tap, which facilitates short, accessible talks about astronomy in a relaxed setting. I have organized the first few events around themes: supermassive black holes and dying stars. More information about Astronomy on Tap Triangle is located on the group's Twitter feed and Facebook page.
I have done several interviews with radio programs and podcasts. In May 2013 I did a 30-minute interview with KRTS, the NPR affiliate for far west Texas based in Marfa. In July 2013 I had a half-hour conversation with "They Blinded Me with Science," a radio show with KVRX, the student-run radio station for UT-Austin. Both can be streamed online. Additionally, I have been involved in print coverage, including BBC News, The Daily Mail, and Astronomy Magazine.
I have tried to engage with the public more broadly with Twitter threads on behind-the-scenes astronomy, as well as down-to-Earth explainations of recent publications. Some threads follow below -- simply click on the date for links to the whole thread.
I have uploaded some of my favorite outreach talks to Speaker Deck:
How Do We Know the Ages of Stars?
January 2017, Astronomy Days 2017, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC, USA
Real Life Death Stars: Measuring Rocks on Alien Planets by Tearing Them Apart
January 2016, Astronomy Days 2016, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC, USA
At 5 a.m. on the mountain, sometimes the only thing the brain can do is edit photos. Here are some experiments with time lapse:
Sunset to sunrise, all in a night's work on the 2.1m at McDonald Observatory. (Timelapse, May 2011)
McDonald Observatory star party, seen from above. (Timelapse, April 21, 2012)