Join our live session featuring three scientists recruited from around the country to give short 10-15 minute, accessible, public talks, with 5-10 minutes of Q&A with the public. The astronomers speaking, along with the tentative titles for their talks, are:
- Luna Zagorac (Yale U.), “Cosmic Archaeology, or: How Do We Know the Things We Know?”
- Alex Gagliano (U. of Illinois), “Singing Stars (and other Explosive Earworms)”
- Xinnan Du (UC Riverside), “Do Galaxies Breathe Too?”
These scientists are all “design testers” from our NSF AISL (Advancing Informal STEM Learning) project called On-the-Spot Feedback (OTSF), which is developing and testing a model for the audience assessment that STEM professionals can use during their public engagement efforts. These on-the-spot assessments allow scientists to monitor audience understanding and engagement, and use this to make immediate improvements to their activity, as they interact with their audience!