Speaker: Dr. Todd Duncan
Topic: Building Connection through Community-Based Astronomy

Looking at the night sky can help us feel more connected to our fellow humans – perhaps because it reminds us that what we have in common is far greater than our differences. In addition, the process of doing astronomy research can help us feel more connected to the larger universe. In this presentation, Todd will summarize what he’s learned by combining the two: bringing astronomy research out into public spaces to invite conversation and participation from anyone who walks by his portable observatory.

Dr. Todd Duncan is a cosmologist whose work is focused on connecting human experience to a cosmic perspective. He combines a research background in physics and astronomy with experience teaching science to a wide range of audiences. Todd has a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Chicago, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and is author of “Glimpses of Wonder” and co-author of “Your Cosmic Context.” He currently teaches astronomy at Pacific University in Oregon and directs the Science Integration Institute.

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