Real Scientists Christmas Special: Return of Brad Tucker

As the year draws to a close,  we’ve invited back some of our earliest Real Scientist curators for the busy holiday season. Last year we were delighted to host curators from the first two weeks of Real Scientists; an idea pioneered by Dr James Smith which proved to be hugely fun and popular. This  year we’re hosting Dr Brad Tucker (@btucker22), astronomer and science communicator, running tours at Canberra’s Mount Stroll Observatory when he’s not cooking  up a feast or monitoring space junk. You can read more about Brad here in our small bio of him.
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We caught up with Brad to see what he’s been up to since he first tweeted for us.
What have you been up to since your curation stint – has anything changed, personally or professionally? 

– I took up a joint position between Berkeley and ANU for two years and am now back at ANU full time.

– I have been working heavily on K2, which is the successor mission to the Kepler Space Telescope, with the survey I’ve been one of the leaders of, the Kepler Extra-Galactic Survey (KEGS).  We’ve been trying to find out how stars blow up and how the black holes in galaxies act.  Our first Nature paper came out earlier this year and more are in the works!
– My wife and I had a son, Orion who is now 2 years old.
– Organized the World Record attempt for the Most People Stargazing (at a Single Site and Multiple Sites Across the Country) back in August
I’m sure there are others that I’ve forgotten?
What are your memories of curating @RealScientists the first time?
How many people were interested in what I had to say!  It was a great reminder how many people like Astronomy, and how it is a great way to get people interested in science in general and show what science can do and does for our lives.
Has social media, particularly Twitter, changed the way you communicate about your research – and if so, how?

Definitely.  Before realscientists and twitter, I still did a lot of outreach and talking to people in person.  However, I found that social media had the ability to provide short bursts of information and knowledge, which allowed me to fuel the excitement and intrigue of people over a longer period of time.

Welcome back Brad! And from all of us here at Real Scientists HQ, happy holidays!

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