Have you ever spent hours on end searching the web for scientific explanations, only to find incomprehensible jargon?
I know the feeling. I have that problem whenever I try to read my dad’s astronomy magazines.
It also hampered my ability to write my freshman year research paper on global warming. I couldn’t understand my sources.
Well, I’m here to fix that—for you, at least! My name is Emma, and I’m a college undergrad studying secondary education in general science at Northern Arizona University.
I have a passion for knowledge, fact-checking, and especially teaching.
I’m nowhere near certified yet. But I have experience. I attend as many of my astronomy club’s outreach events as I can, and I delight in aiming my telescopes at faraway objects in the sky for other people to see.
People like you.
Out in the field, at these stargazing events, I don’t limit my presentation to what people can see through the telescope. I also tell them what they’re looking at, and usually a couple fun facts about it. If they’re interested enough, I go into more depth about why those facts are true.
And explaining the why isn’t just something I do at star parties. I’ve been doing that for years. I used to write a monthly column for my astronomy club’s newsletter, and I’ve published an article in the Reflector magazine.
That article was called “Today is a Gift,” and encourages youth to get active in astronomy. Because that’s my main drive. I’m fascinated with science in general, but my passion is for astronomy.
Encouraging youth to get active in astronomy leads to encouraging parents to do the same, and that leads to encouraging the general public.
So that’s what I’m here for. That’s what you’ll find here on Science at Your Doorstep. I will be writing posts on anything and everything to do with astronomy and the universe, as fast as I can research it myself.
Below, you’ll find a list of changes I’m currently making to this blog.
I’ll be posting the following content:
Astronomy, chemistry, climatology, geography, biology, forestry…the list goes on. In short, I will be posting on every scientific topic in the menu. These will be informational posts completely devoid of technobabble, jargon (unless explained), and overly academic language.
- Myth & Science
Why the moon landings definitely did happen, why astrology is more of a belief system than a science, and why the Earth isn’t flat, among others. The purpose of these posts is to eliminate confusion about what science is and isn’t.
- Science Stuff
Anything else science related. For example, I have one post in that category that examines the collision between fact and belief.
Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you around my blog!
Changes in Progress
- Updated information on this page (About)
- Categories added for:
- Physical Science: Cosmology, Spectroscopy (no posts yet)
- Earth Science: Earth System Science, Geography, Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography, Paleontology, Seismology, Volcanology (no posts yet)
- Life Science: Anatomy, Astrobiology, Biology, Botany, Ecology, Forestry, Zoology (no posts yet)
- Menu organization changed to reflect the three main branches of science, with each field as a sub-item
- “Climate Science” category changed to “Climatology”
- “Claims Debunked” category changed to “Myth & Science”
- All content that does not reflect my brand—science—has been removed, and can be found at the Old Content Archive if you want to see it again. This link is also on my “Find Me Online” page in the menu.
- Blog Facebook page now available!
- Science at Your Doorstep is on Twitter!
- If you’re confused about what changes my blog has been and will be going through, check out:
How come I have so many astronomy posts? Where’s the rest?
I do apologize for this. If you’re interested in reading about biology, geology, or any other of the numerous science fields (aside from a select four) currently listed in the menu, there’s not much for you here—yet!
I have every intention of filling up Science at Your Doorstep with science posts of all sorts, from astronomy to biology to oceanography to paleontology. If it’s in the menu now, there will be posts on it eventually.
So what’s taking me so long?
I have about 18 astronomy drafts from before this blog’s name change. That number will likely fluctuate a bit, since I’m spreading my topics out and un-condensing posts that had a lot of information crammed in. I’m going to finish posting those as soon as possible.
I own a high school chemistry textbook and a college astrobiology textbook. Posts will come readily from the information in both once those 51 or so astronomy posts are published. (Astronomy posts will continue to be published.)
I also own Bill Nye’s Unstoppable, a book that takes an optimistic yet realistic approach to global warming. I’ll be using that to fill up my “Climate Science” category.
I now own textbooks for physics, biology, and general earth science. The plan is to devote time to earth science posts next, which will happen as soon as I get through my ~18 astronomy posts.
In case you’re wondering what the heck “as soon as possible” even means…this month is crunch time for school. I’ll do my best, but the soonest I can promise is when I go home in December.
I have no definite plan for when I’ll post on subjects I have not thus far mentioned, but I promise, they will happen. I have every intention of buying textbooks and magazines alike to populate the rest of the categories in the menu.
If you have any questions about when I intend to post on other specific subjects, please do shoot me a line. I can’t promise a definite answer, but I’d love to hear from you. Here’s a link to my Contact page—anything you send will go straight to my inbox.
If you want a more direct way to communicate me than email, you can always message me on Facebook.
Thanks for reading and giving me your time!