Ongoing Outreach Projects

Astroquizzical

Astroquizzical is a science blog with an "ask an astronomer" structure.  It began in March of 2013, and has since gained over 1000 followers between tumblr, Facebook, and twitter.  You are invited to send in your strangest, most unorthodox questions (along with any other questions you've never had a chance to ask before).  Astroquizzical is anonymous friendly, and no account is required to send in questions via the Ask page.  You may also submit questions via twitter or Facebook, if you are so inclined.

The most popular posts so far have been:

Your questions aren't silly - I invite you to send them my way.

 

Science contributer at Forbes

Beginning in October of 2015, I joined the Science Contributor team at Forbes. I contribute Astroquizzical articles 5 times a month. My current list of articles is here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jillianscudder/

Personal Twitter account

I am also available at my personal twitter account, @Jillian_Scudder.


Scheduled Outreach Events

  • None currently scheduled

Previous Outreach Events & Projects

Nineworlds London Geekfest 2016

  • August 13, 2016, organized "Ask the Astronomer" panel: audience of ~120.

Nerd Nite Brighton Science Festival

  • February 25, 2016: "Unusual questions for an astrophysicist".  Sold out show.

BAHfest London: Big Science Judge

Radio interviews with BBC Sussex

Dec 15 & 16 2015: I appeared as an expert guest on the BBC Sussex morning show to discuss Major Tim Peake's launch into space as the first astronaut to formally represent the UK on the ISS.

A-Level AStronomy Master Class Research Talk

  • December 16, 2015

A 40 minute research talk presented to a group of 50 A-level students on a portion of my thesis research.

Careers Assembly: Brighton & HOve High School

  • December 02, 2015

A 20 minute talk about the career path & options for astronomy at a girl's high school in Brighton & Hove.

Starts with a bang Collection contributor at the Medium

February through October of 2015, I contributed an Astroquizzical article once-monthly to the Starts With A Bang collection at the Medium. The list of publications is available here: https://medium.com/@Jillian_Scudder

Articles for The Conversation UK

"How did Jupiter and Saturn form? The answer may lie with the humble pebble", Aug 19 2015

"The sun won’t die for 5 billion years, so why do humans have only 1 billion years left on Earth?", Feb 12 2015

"How big is the biggest star we have ever found?", Feb 9 2015

"For a scientist, there really is no such thing as a stupid question.", Feb 6 2015

I'm a scientist UK

  • June 15-26, 2015

Via the "I'm a Scientist" program, directly answering questions from students as part of the Extreme Force Zone.

Nerd Nite Brighton

  • April 23, 2015, Catherine of Brunswick, Brighton UK (sold out)

"Astroquizzical: unusual questions for an astrophysicist"

Public Lecture: Eastbourne Astronomical Society

  • Eastbourne, UK: March 7, 2015

"Cosmic train wrecks: when galaxies collide."  A brief history of the recognition of galaxy interactions in our observations of the universe, along with a brief explanation of the physical processes a galaxy undergoes during these collisions, and a short account of my research's contributions to the field.

A-Level Astronomy Master Class Q&A Session

  • December 16, 2014

50 minute Question and Answer session with 50 A-Level students, answering any questions the students could think of.

A-Level AStronomy Master Class Research Talk

  • December 16, 2014

A 45 minute research talk presented to a group of 50 A-level students on a fraction my thesis research.

@Astrocanada Contributor

  • April 7 - May 1, 2014

AstroCanada is a rotating twitter account meant to showcase the astronomy research ongoing in Canada.  As a PhD student in Victoria, British Columbia, I contributed for 3 weeks with an account of my thesis defense preparations, thesis topics, and post-defense projects.

3 Minute Thesis competitor

  • University of Victoria: February 25, 2014

The 3 minute thesis is a communication challenge to Master's and PhD students about to defend their theses; can you explain your research to a general audience in three minutes, using only one static slide.

Ask the Astronomers Panel Member: GeekGirlCon 2013

  • Seattle WA: October 19th, 2014

1:30pm - 2:20pm: Ask the Astronomers [RM302] Do you have any astronomy questions? This is your time to ask! You can find out anything, from the fate of the universe, to the likelihood of aliens, to the best planet to colonize, to how to become an astronomer. Kids and adults alike are encouraged to attend and ask questions! Aomawa Shields, Jillian Scudder, Lisa Will, Nicole Gugliucci

Throughout the full convention (October 19th - October 20th), I also answered questions about astronomy on the con floor.

Ask an Astronomer Booth: Ideafest 2013

  • University of Victoria: March 8, 2013

As part of the Physics & Astronomy Department's contribution to Ideafest (a celebration of the research pursued at the University of Victoria), I operated a station which allowed anyone to come ask questions of an astronomer.  Over the course of 3 hours, the table had nearly constant visitors.

Public Lecture: Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Victoria

  • Victoria, BC: January 9, 2013

"Cosmic train wrecks: when galaxies collide."  A brief history of the recognition of galaxy interactions in our observations of the universe, along with a brief explanation of the physical processes a galaxy undergoes during these collisions, and a short account of my research's contributions to the field.