August 1, 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:

What exactly do you do?

My career can be described several different ways, but the short answer is...

May 25, 2016

I have spent my academic and professional life reading and writing about astronomy. From my undergraduate days as an astronomy major to graduate school in science journalism and then moving on to work as the press officer for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory for over 1...

October 10, 2015

Social media can be a funny thing. On a Friday evening during a break of my son's soccer practice, I decided to look at Facebook. The first post was about an open letter from a male engineering student who acknowledged the difficulties his female counterparts most like...

September 7, 2015


Sometimes I feel guilty for not donating my whole paycheck to NPR. That’s because I always learn about what’s going on and get exposed to new ideas and people just by listening (even if I’m washing dishes at the same time).


Today was one of those days that I heard a...

July 31, 2015

Back in the Stone Age (otherwise known as the 1990s) when I was in a science journalism graduate program, there was a lot lamenting of the fall of science magazines and science sections of newspapers. And for good reason – many outlets for longer pieces of writing on s...

June 27, 2015

When Kim and I set off to write a book about light, we did so because we thought it was a fascinating subject that seemed greatly underappreciated. In fact, one of the themes of our book is that light is found everywhere in a multitude of forms and does an amazing vari...

May 14, 2015

A number of years ago, I rode my bike from the northern tip of Idaho to the Pacific Ocean. I rode “fully loaded,” which meant I carried my tent, clothes, etc. on the back of the bike. (I did not try to bring all of my food – just water and snacks. I felt totally justif...

May 7, 2015


In the scheme of things, talking about the work you’ve done in writing a book should be one of the easier parts, right? After all, we’ve done all of the research, written thousands of words, found hundreds of images, and put it all together over the course of months.



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