I’m a physicist, speaker, and writer of both interactive and regular fiction. I think science is awesome and should be accessible to everyone. I believe entertainment and education can complement each other. I love creating things and want everyone to take part.
One of the things I love doing is talking about science. While I give technical talks to specialist audiences, a lot of my speaking has been for non-scientists. I’ve done things like talk about the science behind the movie Pacific Rim and run hands-on science demos for kids and adults. I’ve even hosted a science YouTube series for NASA. Interested in having me talk to your group or class? Let me know!
A lot of my science outreach these days is through the Dragon Con science track. Every Labor Day I drag as many cool scientists and science communicators as possible to Atlanta. We spend the weekend talking with science fiction and fantasy fans who are curious about science. You should join us! It turns out that genre conventions like Dragon Con, Comic-Con, and Worldcon are great places to find people who want to be entertained and learn something at the same time.
In college I was a member of the “Major of the Month” club, but I was bad about ever dropping majors. It’s how I ended up with one degree in physics and another degree in theater. These days my acting’s confined to sketch comedy that I do with groups like Dragon Con TV and Disasterpiece Drama Club. I’m a long-time podcaster and do voice-over work.
My physics PhD is from Duke University, where we cooled atoms down using lasers. That’s not as ridiculous an idea as it sounds, honest. We used really high-powered lasers, which was all fun and games until one set me on fire. I’ve worked on space sensors and gotten to build things that flew on orbit. I never got to be an astronaut like I had planned when I was 12, but seeing something in space that you built with your hands is a great consolation prize. These days I work on cameras and other sensors for robots. It’s the kind of work that makes for a great conversation starter.