About C.C. Petersen

I am a science writer and media producer specializing in astronomy and space science content. This blog contains news and views about these topics.

Science and the Public

Share Your Science

Last weekend was the March for Science, which drew hundreds of thousands of scientists and scientist supporters around the world. It showed that scientists are human beings, they are doing important work, and that the public benefits from the work they do.  That fact was borne home for me on Saturday and Sunday when, at an event called ScienceFest@StarFest, I brought a group of scientists and engineers to give public science talks to attendees of a media con called StarFest Denver. This is a ‘fest’ I organize each year in conjunction with StarFest (which features actors and others from the science fiction media universe). We had very good audience numbers and, more importantly, people attending WANTED to know about the topics we discussed: astronomy, gravitational waves, planetary missions, and so on. Good questions were asked, and the group mingled with attendees the entire weekend.

I think that sometimes people miss the fact that science isn’t just this monolithic “thing” out there; it’s a process of finding out how the cosmos works. It helps us understand our world and ourselves. So, when people who DO science put themselves out there to share their work, other people respond favorably.  If you’re a scientist, engineer, doctor, technical person, think about getting out there and sharing your work with others. It puts a human face on scientists, and people figure out that you’re the guy or woman next door, the person behind them in line at the store, the people waiting to catch a train to work, attending their kid’s dance recital and sports events, and the family enjoying a movie with you in the theater.

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March in Support of Science: It Supports Us

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March!

The March for Science is this weekend, happening in cities around the country. It’s also Earth Day, which is a very appropriate time to show our support for all the science that helps us understand our planet, our galaxy, our universe…and ourselves. Attacks on science have intensified from our so-called “president” and his cronies, particularly against climate science. I am not sure if they’re just doing this to ensure campaign donations, lobbyist money, or really don’t give a darn about the environment. It could be some bizarre mix of all three reasons, plus some we don’t know about yet.  In any case, it’s time to show support for the people who do science and the incredible tasks they perform on our behalf. Without them our health, our homes, our tech, our families, and our planet would not be the same.

Want to show your support? March! The March for Science is uniting people across the political, spiritual, and scientific spectrum — bringing together scientists AND supporters of science. So, I encourage you to get out there and show support — we need our scientists and they need us! Check out the link above for the march nearest you; bring yourself, make a difference!