New Directions–


Source:  NASA

Source: NASA

New directions and perspective.

 

Within the next 7 days, I will re-focus my attention upon the public’s perception of  astrobiology and astronomy. I have, for the most part, been interested in public outreach for the last several years. And, I am attempting to take my cue from the call from certain science communicators to make aspects of science readily understandable. (see reference at end of post)

I will still post technical articles (from time to time) but I feel that the lack of science literacy is based (in part) upon a reluctance of a “skittish” public to enjoy science which they feel is not relevant.

Because of the current sequester, I feel the time is ripe for many of us to address pubic outreach in a different manner–utilizing our personal resources and passion.

I am reminded of the herculean success with which the late Carl Sagan communicated a love for astronomy and the sciences–and there are those who successfully carry on with his mission. I am not attempting to duplicate, nor usurp their efforts. Rather, I hope to carve my own path.

I hope to not lose many of my current “followers,” but I hope you will find time to comment and remind me of its relevance.

See you in day or two–

Reference(s):

I am taking a cue (in part) from the following reference and their mission statement: (please note that  I use it only as reference)

http://www.centerforcommunicatingscience.org/our-mission-2/

I am not (in any way) connected with the SUNY-Stonybrook nor the Center for Communicating Science at SUNY-Stony Brook.

However, I personally recognize the urgency of “good science literacy.”

I am, also, taking my cue from many successful bloggers and writers (at Word Press). I am sorry if I have failed to mention your name as a source for my inspiration, but the list would be very, very long.

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6 thoughts on “New Directions–

  1. Alex Autin

    This is a very commendable effort John, and I for one applaud you. Not only is it commendable, it is also very necessary. This is one follower you have no worry about losing. I’ll be following closely.

    Reply
  2. Baldscientist

    I second Alex’s statement; I am not going anywhere. Also, you are absolutely right. My favorite phrase of the post is:

    “I feel the time is ripe for many of us to address pubic outreach in a different manner–utilizing our personal resources and passion.”

    Enough Said.

    Reply
  3. Norman Van Treeck

    I personally could use the “dumbing” down of chemistry and astrobiology. It hurts my head to try and remember chemistry and biology from my basic high school and college courses. But, I won’t be going anywhere either. Your posts do make me learn something new (even if I have to Google for a time) and that is a good thing.

    Reply

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