Special Guest: Nicole Gugliucci Aug 20th, 9pm EDT
Announcing “special guest”: Nicole Gugliucci. She will be joining us on Friday, Aug 20th at 9pm EDT for a few hours to answer your questions in ‘virtual’ person.
Nicole Gugliucci is a graduate student at the University of Virginia, working also at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Her thesis is with a project called PAPER which is searching for distant hydrogen from the early universe. In order to do that, however, she’d like to understand how the Earth’s atmosphere will affect observations.
In addition, she enjoys teaching and public outreach activities, especially those that allow her to talk about the fascinating discoveries to come out of radio astronomy. She engages in hands-on astronomy outreach with elementary school children through a program called “Dark Skies, Bright Kids,” and has taught a class at UVa called “Life Beyond Earth” as well as several labs and tutoring sessions.
Nicole is a science advocate and is skeptically curious about all topics. Once a believer in ghosts, spirits, and alien visitations to Earth, Nicole is still fascinated by the stories, but just as interested in finding the real-life explanations.
Nicole blogs at One Astronomer’s Noise, Discovery Space News, and most recently, She Thought. Lately, she’s trying to get more involved in local skeptical groups, such as CVille Skeptics, Skepticamp DC, and IIG-DC. But that involves going outside, and everyone knows that grad students don’t do that.
IMPORTANT: This will be an official “special guest” chat and will be run according to the these rules, so make sure to add it to your calendar, test your setup for tokbox video, and get ready for an interesting evening. Oh, and put this on your calendar NOW!