This week, Real Scientists leaves Boston, US to head to Sydney, Australia to meet science communicator Tom Gordon/@Gordeauz at the University of Sydney. Tom trained as an astrophysicist and now works as a science communicator in the Department of Physics. Tom works with a lot of high school kids as part of his outreach work and maintains an active interest in all things physics. We’re delighted to welcome Tom Gordon to Real Scientists.
Here’s Tom in his own words:
I’m Tom Gordon
I’m the science communicator at the School of Physics at University of Sydney and I love my job! I get to work with people with the brains the size of planets, and talk to as many people as I can about their work. It’s great. Also I get to show off some physics experiments to high school students, it really is a gift. I love the growing field of science communication and I’m excited about seeing it develop.
I studied astrophysics and I guess my claim to fame is that in 1998 when I was in second year, Professor Brian Schmidt, @cosmicpinot, was one of my lecturers (I still remember him writing on the board some equation with Lambda at the end, he looked relieved and we wrote it down, little did he or us know that it was his nobel prize winning work!) Another one of my lecturers was Aiden Byrne, the now CEO of the Australian Academy of Sciences. Good times.
I also have a Graduate diploma of Science Communication otherwise known as the Science Circus, and a Masters of Space Science from the International Space University. Meaning I have studied the international space industry, for which Australia plays no part!
I’m currently doing a number of research projects that will eventually go towards a PhD in Physics Education. My are of interest is into Engagement, Education and Enrolment in Physics and Science, by looking into Public Awareness of Science (PAS), Public Understanding of Science (PUS) and Public Involvement in Science (PIS)
I have a 3 kids, an electric lawnmower and a 5.25″ tabletop dobsonian telescope.