Nicole

Nicole is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at a small liberal arts college. Her home on the internet can be found at One Astronomer's Noise.
  • Feminism
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    The Herstory of Hepeating

    What follows is a guest post by my friend and former Skepchick Maria D’Souza Walters. I’ve added a bit of commentary below. Everyone needs a place to vent their daily frustrations to friendly ears. For me, one of these spaces is a group chat where a bunch of women I know keep in touch, talk about their days, complain about the…

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  • Science

    Procrastinator’s Guide to the Solar Eclipse

    I love to procrastinate. Actually, no. I hate it. But my brain is just SO good at getting me into that mode. So I totally understand if you are just now realizing that one of the biggest astronomical events of a lifetime is happening just a few days from now. If you’re not already tuned in to all things astronomy,…

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  • Feminism

    Ghostbusters Just Fulfilled a Bit of My Childhood

    Me: “Oh my god oh my god 5-year-old me would have lost her MIND if she saw this Ghostbusters movie with ladies in it!” Him: “Well, 30-something-year-old you did just lose her mind.” Summer 1984. A young woman in New York is very pregnant and looking to escape the heat. She’d like a good laugh while she’s at it. So she goes…

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  • Activism
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    The Other Sit-In

    Last night, people around the US were captivated by what was happening on C-SPAN. I never thought that’s a sentence I’d say. C-SPAN wasn’t running programming as normal, however. It was broadcasting the live social media feeds of several Congresspeople, led by Representative John Lewis, who were holding a sit-in on the House floor to try and force a vote…

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  • Feminism

    Prominent Astronomer Named in Sexual Harassment Case, and We’re Not Gunna Take It Anymore

    Sometime on Friday the news broke: famous astronomer and discoverer of exoplanets Geoff Marcy has been accused of sexually harassing female students for years. (See UPDATE below for how you can help!) (UPDATE 2: Geoff Marcy has resigned. See below.) This news came as a surprise to some. It was a sigh of “FINALLY!” for others. Me, I wasn’t surprised,…

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  • Activism
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    Stick to the Science! Or, Why I am Deeply Annoyed at Some Fellow Astronomers

    All too often when a public (or semi-public) discourse involves many facets of a problem, someone is going to make a point to tell scientists to “stick to the science!” And all too often, this is used as a way to shut down someone saying something rather uncomfortable. Here’s why I’m not going to abide by that statement. Over the…

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  • Featured

    Girls and Boys with Science Toys

    I’ve just come back from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. I was wowed and stunned by the amazing projects and smart young men and women from all over the world doing science and engineering of all kinds. On the way to the airport, I check in online to find that science is once again being described as “boys with…

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  • Activism

    I’m in the Choir. Preach to Me.

    We hear this piece of complaint, or advice, or admonishment, depending on the circumstances, quite a bit: “Don’t just preach to the choir.” It’s a bit ironic particularly in skeptical circles where many of us have left the types of organizations that have choirs. I consider myself part of the choir of skepticism and science. And sometimes, I just need…

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