June 20, 2017

The following few questions are some of the most frequent questions I get when talking to people about what I do. I hope you enjoy finding out a little more about me:

So what do you do?  Are you an astronaut?

I am definitely not an astronaut – but I have had the pri...

October 7, 2016

Our next book project was recently announced in Publishers Weekly:

The work will examine “the most fascinating orders of magnitude throughout the universe, from the smallest known objects to the largest.” It will be illustrated by Katie Peek, the graphics editor at Pop...

July 27, 2016

Objects in space are rather far away. The Moon is our closest celestial neighbor at nearly a quarter million miles from Earth, and the nearest star, our Sun, is 93 million miles away.

These extreme distances mean that it’s usually impossible to touch real objects in spa...

October 27, 2015

Occasionally, we write posts for the Huffington Post science blog.  We have two recent articles up that you might enjoy:

The Real Stars of the Show

On October 19th, President Obama opened the White House lawn to host an event for thousands of stars. These stars were not...

September 28, 2015

On September 24th, I had an amazing opportunity to introduce Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI. Dr Tyson is, as you may already know, a world-renowned astrophysicist, popular TV show host, radio show host, bestselling au...

September 16, 2015

Last week, I traveled to Washington, DC to talk about light. While I’m fairly used to giving talks about various science topics, this audience was a bit different.  I had the opportunity to speak to Congressional staff and U.S. Senators about the role that light and th...

August 27, 2015

We've had some fun bits of news recently that we wanted to share with everyone.  In no particular order:


1) The publication date of our new book "Light: The Visible Spectrum and Beyond" has been pushed up two weeks from Nov 10 to Oct 27, 2015. So it is truly "coming so...

August 11, 2015


We may need to file this under "random science thing of the week," but hopefully you'll enjoy this little science parody.  It is, apparently, the sort of thing a science-y mom will make up while trying to entertain her kids on a rainy summer day.  Goodnight Moon was m...

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