Category Archives: Education

An astronomer by any other name

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. In that time a lot has happened. At the end of March this year my contract as the Deputy Gemini Scientist at the Australian Astronomical Observatory ended, and for personal reasons (not least … Continue reading

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Why statistics literacy is just as important as science literacy

I’ve recently written about science literacy, which is a major problem in Western society (at least) and has been written about a lot. What has barely been discussed is the issue of statistics literacy: in general, the public’s understanding of … Continue reading

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Humanising science: changing the perception of scientists

I was recently introduced to the Who’s the Scientist website by a tweet from Bec Schepers. The site has comments about and drawings of scientists by students in year 7 before and after a visit to Fermilab, a high energy … Continue reading

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Scientific literacy in an age of (mis)information

There has been an ongoing discussion about how to improve scientific literacy in the broader community. In part this is in response to the attack on science in recent years, over things such as climate science, genetically modified food, nanotechnology, … Continue reading

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Make your own pretty pictures of the stars

Have you ever wondered how those beautiful pictures of planets, galaxies and space are created? Now you can too! Images from telescopes are originally in black and white, so they have to be put together to create a colour image. … Continue reading

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Reflections on I’m a Scientist Australia

Readers of this blog will know that I’ve just taken part in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! What you probably don’t know is that I won the Boron Zone! YAY! For my efforts I will receive $1000 to … Continue reading

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When will the world end?

As I mentioned in my last post, I have just taken part in I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here, a project that connects scientists and school students over two weeks of intensive chatting and Q&As. There are several … Continue reading

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