December 2019: I'm delighted to have been selected as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar for 2020-2021. The Fulbright awards are the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. Its goal is to increase mutual understanding between the American people and people in over 125 other countries. As a Fulbright scholar, I'll spend time in Finland to develop and teach a course titled Communicating Science with the Public. While there, I'll also research Finnish approaches to science outreach, in particular the role that culture plays in engaging the public with science. You can learn more about the Fulbright program in Finland here.
June 2019: USA Today has published an op-ed piece I wrote, titled "Who Owns the Sky?" It's available here.
January 2019: I spent a wonderful month at the Arteles Creative Center in Haukijärvi, Finland, where I made great progress towards completing my next book.
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.