One of these projects is now among the most rewarding things I have ever done- establishing the UA Science: Sky School. I never would have had the opportunity if not for the ideas, hard work and dedication of my colleague and friend, Ben Blonder. Ben envisioned a residential science school operated by the University, and together we have launched this new program. In addition to Ben, I am very fortunate to be working with Pacifica Sommers and Rebecca Lipson who also maintain the vision and dedication to the project. Pacifica , a PhD candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology and a NASA graduate Space Grant Fellow, and Rebecca, a highly regarded middle school science teacher have helped us to create a truly world-class educational experience. I could go on and on, but this video explains things nicely.
Friday, August 16, 2013
UA Science: Sky School!
Having recently changed career paths into the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona, I am often asked by friends and relatives how it is working out. Sometimes the question is straightforward, other times the question comes from a skeptical place and may be a projection of the other persons own fears of change (much more frequent from long time UA colleagues). I generally give a short answer to the effect that I could not be happier with my new co-workers and that in particular, the projects I am working on are quite challenging and engaging.