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fullsizeoutput_619Have 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’m a member of the Temecula Valley Astronomers, part of the Astronomical League.

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:

  • Science
    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!

~Emma

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!

63 Responses to About

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  2. Hi Perse – hope all is well – I was MIA for most of July – very sorry to hear about your horse. It’s kind of like walking away from your best friend for no reason at all.
    I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award (no strange questions to answer) – my post is here ==> https://timeformythoughts.wordpress.com
    As always, feel free to disregard if you haven’t got the time or inclination.
    Carol

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    • Perse says:

      Well, I’ll certainly give it a place of honor on my to-do list! Thanks for the thought! And yeah, about the horse…it wasn’t easy to let her go, but it’s the best decision. My life is taking on a new track (I’m majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Astronomy) and where I’m going, I won’t be able to give Munchie the care she deserves. Oh well. It’s a shame but it’s for the best.

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  3. I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award – have fun with it (or ignore it 🙂 )
    https://timeformythoughts.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/liebster-award-redux/

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  5. Lorraine Marie Reguly says:

    Congratulations on your Liebster Award! Thanks for linking to my site, too.

    I wanted to you know that there are some free social follow buttons you can use, seeing as how your site is a WordPress site. They are the ones from about.me and you can learn more about them at http://wordingwell.com/about-me-benefits/.

    They are super-easy to install (it’s simply a widget!) and you’ll grow your following in no time!

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    • Perse says:

      Thanks for the tip, Lorraine! I’m following your blog now 🙂 I’ll check out this link as soon as I have time.

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  6. I’ve just nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Award: https://authorsbmazing.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/sisterhood-of-the-world-award/
    I don’t think you got that one already? Happy weekend, my friend 🙂

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  8. thatssojacob says:

    Hello Perse! I’ve decided to read and follow 15 interesting and new blogs a day every day for the first month of 2015, and yours is today’s #10! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Happy new year and happy blogging!

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  10. I’ve nominated you for the Real Neat Blog Award—no link yet because I scheduled the post for tomorrow morning (EST) while I’ll be at work. Do not feel obligated to accept or pass it on unless you have the time & the inclination.

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  11. amommasview says:

    Hi Perse. Wanted to write an email, but couldn’t find it…I would really like it, if you would guest blog for me. I was hoping to have 4 guest bloggers who would do a guest post each and I would post it over the next couple of weeks. Kind of every week or every two weeks a guest post. If you are happy to write a guest post every month for me that would work. If it is too much, we can make it every two months or so. If you would rather have a one time guest post, that is fine too. Or if you just want to write when you feel like it: Fine with me too. I am so new to this, that I don’t mind really…Open for everything 😉
    I was hoping that you could either write something astronomy (moon?) related OR maybe in relation to your horse. If you rather write a story, let me know. As I said: I am totally open. Feedback and ideas are appreciated.
    I thought, once we figure out what topics you guys will write about and how on what a frequency, I will post an introduction of you guys and your blogs in which I ask you a couple of questions as well. I will have a new page for the guest blogs. Kind of what I did with the “Your Stories” feature in Couples. Each of you will have his/her own page. Let me know your take on it: amommasview@gmail.com

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  12. Angie K says:

    An interesting variety of topics, I like that. As you have probably noticed, I found your blog through Blogging 201. I am now a new follower. Do feel warmly invited to visit my blog, too, and maybe follow it back if you find something there to interest you. 🙂

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  13. neveah1 says:

    Hey Perse, how goes the story writing?

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    • Perse says:

      It’s going well. I’ve been busy with other things, but I’ve made headway with my current novel. It’s a Star Trek fan fiction novel, unfortunately, but I’m planning on rewriting several of my non-fan fiction ones when I have time. Thanks for asking! 🙂

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  14. Hope Nwosu says:

    Hi Perse,
    I’d like to link back to your blog as an appreciation but don’t know how. Could you give me a tip?
    Thank you,
    Hope.

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    • Perse says:

      Type in my url starting with http://. In your editing screen, it won’t look like an active link, but trust me, it’ll work. Thanks for letting me know, Hope.

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  15. Jane says:

    I love the new format for your work. I haven’t read your stories yet. But I plan to. You are very organized. I’ll let you know what I liked best about the books I’ll read. Jane

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    • Perse says:

      Thanks, Jane! I’m finished updating and editing my site, so next up is more writing! Would you consider following my site?

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      • Perse says:

        Hmm, looks like I had more updating and editing to do than I thought…I just keep getting ideas for this site! Oh well…keep reading, there’s more to come!

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