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Noisy

Nicole is a professor, astronomer, educator, geek, dog mom, occasional fitness nerd, and maker of tiny comets. She is also very loud under the right circumstances. Like what you read? Buy me a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/noisyastronomer
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    Quickies: Can you process an insurrection and still make time for science?

    Welcome to another rushed Friday Quickies! Two virtual conferences at the same time seemed like such a great idea to past-Nicole… present-Nicole is TIRED. I’m still processing last week’s insurrection at the Capitol even as I fear future attacks. One way to do so is to learn about insurrections that we’ve had before in the U.S. at Sam Sanders’s NPR…

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    Short list of Quickies for the longest week yet…

    Look, I honestly don’t know what to say yet about a week like this has been for us here in the US. So anyway, here’s some stuff. Here are some resources for teachers on the days after the attack on the U.S. Capitol.From June but incredibly relevant, a study of more than 15,000 protests across the US and found that…

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    New Year, New Quickies

    Hello, fine readers! It is safe to say that the Fall 2020 semester absolutely kicked my ass in all the worst ways. After a bit of recovery time, I think I’m ready to take on 2021. That includes getting back to my weekly quickies here! So, in the spirit of the holiday, I’ve picked some retrospectives and big-picture items that…

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    Bridging the divide

    I recently saw a social media post shared by a dear friend that showed two men reaching out to shake hands… one holding a huge “Trump” flag and one holding a huge “Biden” flag. The caption was something along the lines of rejecting hate and coming together… and that got my hackles up. I was immediately reminded of the quote…

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    Quickies: A coup AND a pandemic? Sure, why not…

    If you are in the United States right now, and on the internet, every other site is already pestering you to remember to vote. So, I’m not going to do that. But… The election is big on my mind and in my news feed this week. Preparing for a coup is not something that I thought I’d be doing, but…

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    Quickies: Fighting Nazis with data, following the research on diversity trainings, and more…

    It’s been a whole MONTH since I’ve posted here…. oops. If you know an educator, send them chocolate or beer or puppies or whatever makes them happy because this semester is ROUGH. Here are a few things that have grabbed my interest despite my life steeped in class prep, grading, and committee work. In my astronomy class, we’ve recently been…

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    Quickies: Astrophysical broccoli, science vids from Dragon Con, and Cute Animal Friday

    I honestly don’t have a lot this week to share… because I’m coping with waves hands all this by still basking in the glow of the awesomeness that was Virtual DragonCon, particularly the programming from the Science Track, which you can now watch on their YouTube channel! 3.2 billion pixel camera for astrophysics tested on… broccoli? Specifically Romanesco broccoli for…

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    Quickies Goes to (Virtual) DragonCon!

    Normally I’d be passing off the Quickies today as I would be in Atlanta, Georgia, for the annual DragonCon, a fan-run 80,000+ person mega-geek event. However… 2020 is doing its 2020 thing, and jamming tens of thousands of sweaty people together in five hotels is just not a good idea. So, DragonCon has gone virtual! In the FIRST episode of…

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