Outreach

Popular science writing

Blog articles written for ANSMET (2013-2014):
Stardust from meteorites
Surviving in the field..
Life’s good but not fair
We’re still here – the latest from McMurdo
McMurdo at last!

Talks and demonstrations

Skype a Scientist sessions:                                                                                                         

  • Campbell County Middle School (6th grade), Gillette, WY (December, 2019) – Astrophysics and Solar System Q&A and a short talk about stardust

Organized a meteorite and Apollo sample show-and-tell at a joint Lafayette Geological Society, Society of Petroleum Engineers (Lafayette chapter), and American Association of Drilling Engineers (Lafayette chapter) luncheon meeting at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette, Louisiana (November 2019)

Organized a meteorite and Apollo sample show-and-tell and discussed STEM career options with high school students at Ovey Comeaux High School, Lafayette, Louisiana (November 2019) 

Organized a meteorite and Apollo samples exhibit for Science Day at the University of Louisiana Lafayette that had an attendance of 800 high‐school students from neighboring parishes (September 2015, November 2018, 2019)

Invited to speak about exploration and introduce the film “Space to Explore” by Katherine DuBois at a screening of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival organized by the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Hammond, Louisiana chapter (October 2019)

Organized a Lafayette event for International Observe the Moon Night in collaboration with the Lafayette Science Museum and Astronomy club (September 2015, 2018, 2019)

Talked to students in grades 3-7 about being a scientist, planetary science, and meteorites at Aman Setu: My School (March 2017)

Talked to high school girls about careers in Physics at the Non‐traditional Majors and Careers Expo at the University of Louisiana Lafayette (December 2015)

Outreach volunteer at the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies at the Field Museum, Chicago (March 2014-present)

“What are Stars made of” ‐ mentor and laboratory tour guide at Science Careers in Search of Women conference, Argonne National Lab, Chicago (April 2015)

Gave a public talk titled “Stardust from Primitive Meteorites” at the Astronomy Club of Nehru Planetarium (Mumbai, India), followed by a meteorite show-and-tell session (August 2013)

Volunteered for University of Hawai’i’s Institute for Astronomy public outreach events that include stargazing, eclipse, and other celestial event viewings. (2012-2013)

Volunteered to talk about the meteorite collection at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology’s (SOEST) Biennial Open House (October 2011, 2013)

Served as physics and geophysics judge at the Ohio University State Science Fair organized by the Ohio Academy of Science (November 2002)

Trained amateur astronomers (all age groups) to make 10-inch refracting telescopes (grinding, polishing and aligning mirrors, and assembling telescopes) at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India (1996-1999)

Taught children (age group: 10–16 years) to use telescopes and navigate the night sky at 10-day annual summer camps, Panchgani, India. (May 1996 and 1997)