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

    So about That Shirt…

    I’ve been looking forward to the Rosetta Landing for quite some time. Sure, not as long as many who have worked on the project, but I had been following the news since the comet encounter, getting ready with my cohost to do a special comet-themed episode of our educational hangout, Learning Space, and generally watching Twitter and livestreams with anticipation as…

    Read More »
  • Activism

    A Day in Ferguson, MO

    I’m writing this post on Sunday night as chaos has just erupted once again in Ferguson, Missouri. And I’m sick to my stomach because I spent most of Saturday afternoon and evening in the town, joining the protestors, and my heart goes out to the community who are trying to keep it together while the world watches their town turn…

    Read More »
  • Events

    Party with the Stars

    And by stars, I mean the REAL stars. Like those ones full of hydrogen and helium and a little bit of everything else? We’ll be partying with those astronomical bodies in Atlanta once again the night before Dragon*Con. You’re invited! The Sixth Annual Atlanta Star Party is being held at Emory University’s Math and Science Center at 7pm on August…

    Read More »
  • Science

    When Citizen Science Works

    The democratizing of science is already happening. Once the hobby of mostly wealthy men, then the career field for professional investigators, science is more open than ever when “citizen scientists” get involved. And the success stories are piling up. Citizen science projects range from observations of the natural world to analysis of data distributed via the web. Anyone, regardless of…

    Read More »
  • Feminism

    Disappointed Feminists

    I still consider myself relatively new to feminism. At least, I’ve only in the last few years begun to realize that I am one. And I’m finding out, sadly, that it involves a whole lot of disappointment. I get disappointed by the news when there’s been yet another attack on a woman’s right over her own body. I get disappointed when…

    Read More »
  • Feminism

    The Price of Silence

    Juggling life as a woman and a scientist and a professional is hard. I’m currently flailing at it pretty badly. But that’s life, right? Live and learn. Well there’s an extra dimension of crap that weighs one down, increases the “impostor syndrome,” makes it harder to move through professional circles simply because of gender. When I see the trials of…

    Read More »
  • Feminism

    Lady Astronomers Can’t Get a Break

    We talk a lot about the kinds of sexist issues that women have to deal with, especially in the sciences. I’ve seen over the last few years some pretty, eh, awful treatment of women in my field. Even more so, we deal with unintentional sexism, but that’s a story for another post. But look, this isn’t new. Apparently lady astronomers…

    Read More »
  • Science

    Is Mercury in Retrograde AGAIN?!

    Computer giving you trouble? Must be Mercury in retrograde. Or at least that’s what SO many people say, jokingly or otherwise, when some piece of technology is going haywire. How did this bit of astrology make its way into our modern technological discussions?

    Read More »
Back to top button
Close