April saw us welcome Christine Corbett Moran (@Corbett/@astro_corbett) to Real Scientists. Christine is a National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech. Christine began by sharing with us her amazing experiences working in the Antarctic.
South Pole is about 800 miles from the coast, where the penguins live. https://t.co/IeBBe0mLPZ
— realscientists (@realscientists) April 11, 2017
Christine also had some great insider tips on how to apply to NASA’s astronaut program and some of the things that might help a little if you’re thinking of applying.
of those degrees, NASA has publicly voiced no preference. but you can study past astronaut biographies to get an idea.
— realscientists (@realscientists) April 12, 2017
And she also shared the beautiful light installation in her office building – if only we could be so lucky!
Leaving work! On the ground floor of my office they run neat projections of astrophysics science at night pic.twitter.com/Ey8X3rO7KJ
— realscientists (@realscientists) April 13, 2017
We asked Christine to fill in our post-curation survey, to which she kindly obliged.
In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?
I thought I got off to a good start, but lost a bit of momentum later in the week with discussing my science in detail.
It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?
A bit with my Antarctica discussion! But also was surprised at what seemed to resonate and what fell flat.
What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?
I found someone to help me out with an outreach project and also connected with a developer of software I”m working with (personally). Found the huge amount of questions about Antarctica a lot of fun.
Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?
I would have liked to have gone on more long form tweets.
Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?
I did not have a plan! I did broadly decide to talk about certain subjects each day. The only one I did not get to is numerical relativity.
Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?
I think it’d be good to have a longer form discussion each day.
What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?
Duetosymmetry (Leo Stein, Spelling)
Thanks once again Christine from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from her week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.