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I was fortunate to have many outreach opportunities through the University of Toronto. Much of this was facilitated by AstroTours and Universe at the Dunlap Institute. My full outreach experience is in my CV, but here is a sample of my outreach activities:

  • Telescope observing: Each AstroTours event is accompanied by night sky observing through the department's two large dome telescopes (8" and 16"), as well as several smaller telescopes on the rooftop balcony. I often volunteer with one of the dome telescopes, showing attendees from the public various objects of interest.
  • Panel discussions: I occasionally engage in panel discussions with other graduate students. Past topics have included the search for extraterrestrial life, and myths and misconceptions in science fiction.
  • Public talks: I have given several talks ranging from 10 to 45 minutes in front of audiences ranging from 10 to 400, on topics ranging from the current status of the search for life, to hypothetical aliens on a nearby planet, to common misconceptions in popular science fiction.
  • Ask an Astronomer: I helped run our department's 'Ask an Astronomer' email service from 2016 to 2020. Members of the public can send us any astronomy-related question they have (and even some that aren't astronomy related), and we do our best to give thorough, detailed responses.
  • Other: I always enjoy a chance to talk to the interested public about the cosmos, the world around them, and some of humanity's greatest aspirations. Let me know if you want me to participate in an event!

List of Prepared Public Talks
  • Cold out there, eh? The Climates of Alien Worlds - AstroTours; March 1, 2018
  • The Squid-People of Proxima Centauri b
    - Astronomy on Tap TO; March 23, 2018
    - Dunlap Astronomy Teachers Workshop; April 28, 2018
    - York U Teacher's Workshop; August 16, 2018
  • We Don't Need a Backup Earth (Yet)
    - Part of 'Space Mythbusters' panel; Gerstein Library Science Literacy Week; September 19, 2018
  • Telescope Earth: Using Climate Here to Understand Worlds Out there
    - UofT Grad Room Speaker Series; April 11, 2019
  • A Brief Update on the Search for Earth 2.0
    - David Dunlap Observatory, August 10, 2019