This must be the space: thanks and farewell Erin Macdonald

Erin Macdonald (@drerinmac) joined RealScientists in October and is an  astrophysicist, technical consultant and aerospace engineer. Erin began by sharing some of her cool school experiences

Also this amazing moment which upon reading, made me do an audible “holy [expletive]”

And Erin was also lucky enough to be holding the reins during the Nobel Prize announcement, which is cool because OMG SHE USED TO WORK ON THE THING THAT WON


Thanks to Erin for completing our post-curation interview-

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

Overwhelming, but positive!

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

The rush of interactions was good, but it was a big time commitment to do it correctly!

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

Highlights were when I was telling stories about my career experiences and choices, particularly the discussion on postdocs, and it seemed to resonate with a lot of people. The only lowlight was occasionally I felt that what I was trying to say did not come across well, and was misinterpreted.

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

I wanted to have more discussions about public outreach and my work with teaching science through popular culture, but there wasn’t enough time.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

I did! I wanted to have a different theme every day, and for the most part I was able to do that. I also decided to do some #SpaceInspires posts during my “World Space Week” day, that then carried on through the rest of the week, as it was fun for me and seemed to resonate.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Come up with a theme for each day before the week starts. Some days will work out better than others, but at least you’re not left wanting! Also, don’t underestimate how much time it takes when you get into a discussion with people.

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?

@MarsCuriosity, @StarTalkRadio, @NASAJuno, @NASANewHorizons, @NASA

Thanks once again Erin from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from Erin’s week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.


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