September 2018: I spent the month of September as a visiting scientist at the University of Turku in Finland. It was my fourth visit there, and the most scientifically productive one yet. I traveled up to the Arctic Circle one weekend, a wonderful nine-hour train ride from Turku to the city of Rovaniemi, which bills itself as the gateway to Lapland and the official hometown of Santa Claus.
July 2018: I've been elected to the International Astronomical Union's commission on Communicating Astronomy with the Public. The commission's goals are to explore new ways of communicating astronomy with the public, to encourage and enable astronomers to participate actively in public outreach and, to facilitate sharing of ideas and best practices in science communication. The IAU is the largest organization of professional astronomers in the world, with 12,664 members in 96 countries.
June 2018: I've been selected to participate in the Arteles Creative Center's artist-in-residency program on the theme of "Silence, Awareness, Existence." I'm looking forward to spending January 2019 at the center, working on two books that I'm writing. The Arteles Creative Center is located in Haukijärvi, Finland.