Science is a story. One in which scientists are confronted by a problem, journey to understand the problem through hypothesizing and experimenting, and then find a solution. Or not. But we learn from the experience and try again. 

But scientists are not taught to communicate through stories. As a result, our communication is often confusing and isolating. As a science communicator, I am interested in teaching story form to communicate science clearly and effectively to connect and engage with audiences.

I’ve been practicing science communication since I was an undergraduate at Community College of San Francisco, where I repaired an analogue Spitz A3P planetarium projector and developed a show for urban youth, taking them on a journey of the night sky from the Equator to the North Pole. 

Since coming to the University of Wisconsin — Madison, I've co-hosted Radio Astronomy, a weekly segment on 89.9 WORT where we had down-to-Earth discussions with other graduate students about current astronomy news.

I created Astronomy Graduate Lectures for Undergraduates (AstroGLU), where astronomy graduate students at UW Madison present a conceptual story of their own research to non-major astronomy undergraduates. 

I’ve also participated in UW Madison’s Universe in the Park program, where with other graduate students I present conceptual lectures and telescope viewing opportunities to Wisconsin State Park campers on weekends during the Summer. 

For more science stories, visit Space Place - the outreach arm of the UW Madison Astronomy Department, and Washburn Observatory - for public telescope observing in Madison.

And check out NASA's astronomy picture of the day (APOD) to see a different astronomy and space science related image each day, along with a brief explanation.

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