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September 2011/ September 2012: Science Uncovered at the Natural History Museum

In September 2011 and 2012, the Natural History Museum held Science Uncovered, an EU funded event following on from the extremely successful Science Uncovered held at the NHM in September 2010. Each event was part of EU Researchers’ Night, a Europe-wide event bringing the public and researchers together on the same day. Imperial hosted a science station within the museum, and the space physics group at Imperial participated, talking to the public about our research.

July 2011: Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

In July 2011, the Royal Society held its annual summer science exhibition. I participated in the Aurora Explorer exhibit, which involved University College London (led by Prof. Andrew Fazakerley), Imperial College London, University of Leicester, Lancaster University, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (STFC), and the European Space Agency. Aurora Explorer celebrated the discoveries made by the ESA Cluster mission following a decade in space.

To find out more, watch some videos showing the exhibit in action! You can watch postgraduate student Martin Archer here, courtesy of the Imperial College media team.

Here are the four handouts that I designed for the exhibit. There is a main handout, and three more detailed information sheets (Download them by clicking on the image).



July 2010: Mystery Boxes - Science Museum

Mystery Boxes is a classroom resource developed by the Science Museum as part of their how science works series. In July 2010, I and 8 other scientists were filmed doing this activity, to create a short film showing teachers and students how 'real scientists' perform the activity. The film will be published on the science museum website...

May 2010: Space Tourism - Science Museum

On 17 May 2010 I went to the Science Museum (at the invitation of Jane Dowden) to take part in an outreach activity about space tourism. Together with David Ashford from Bristol Spaceplanes, I talked about the pros and cons of space tourism to a class of visiting schoolchildren. Afterwards, the children created displays presenting their thoughts about space tourism and space travel in general.

October 2009: THE ASTRONOMY OF THE MAYA- Honoring the Maya in the International Year of Astronomy

This event took place on Saturday, 10 October 2009 at the Pickleweed Community Center, San Rafael, CA. The Center for Science Education at UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory describes it here. I gave a presentation about space weather. During the talk itself, one of the organizers translated my talk into Spanish on the fly! I also gave an interview for a short documentary piece about the event, which is available here!

A copy of my talk 'Space Weather - Tormentas Especiales' is here. Many thanks to Isabel Hawkins for providing the Spanish translation.


June 2009: TOPS

TOPS (Teaching Opportunities for Partners in Science) is a program that partners retired scientists with teachers to help enhance the science learning of local students. On 16 June 2009, a group from TOPS visited SSL; as part of the day's events, I gave a seminar on solar-terrestrial physics and space weather, explaining some of the work that we do at Berkeley.

December 2008: The Royal Society

I was one of 12 young scientists invited to contribute to the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society’s Triennial Issue: ‘Visions of the Future’ in Astronomy. My article, 'The Science of Space Weather', describes the basic elements of space weather, the role that magnetic reconnection plays, and the ways in which these natural phenomena can influence our everyday life. This paper was the subject of a Cluster news article which you can read here.

August 2008: ELISA - Engaging Latinos in Space and Atmospheric science

ELISA is a program organised by the Center for Science Education (CSE) at UC Berkeley's Space Science Laboratory. It has two components:

  1. Teacher workshops on science education, using examples from solar terrestrial physics, combined with community events.
  2. The opening of a curriculum and teacher training center in San Antonio, Texas.

The first ELISA workshop was on 16 August 2008, and I presented a seminar contrasting Mayan astronomy with modern solar and space physics to the participating teachers, who also learned new ways to teach their students about about how the seasons work, and about space weather.

December 2007: NASA Press Conference

On 11 December 2007, I participated in a NASA press conference at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, where the first results from the THEMIS mission were presented. The other panelists were David Sibeck, the THEMIS project scientist, and Vassilis Angelopoulos, the THEMIS principal investigator. The NASA press release and associated materials are here, and the UC Berkeley press release is here.

Berkeley (formerly Vista) Community College

I gave two lectures, in 2006 and 2007, as part of course on weather in interplanetary space. The course was again organised by the Center for Science Education (CSE) at UC Berkeley's Space Science Laboratory, who asked scientists here at the lab to take part. The course details are here.


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