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The emergence of science hacking in Madagascar

Posted on Dec 11, 2014
The emergence of science hacking in Madagascar

This article was originally published on Boing Boing and has been reposted here. Descending into Madagascar at night is an experience. I was enveloped in and captivated by the darkness. The expected sight of bright lights, distinguishing cities, small towns or even an airport runway, slowly dissipated as I pressed my face against the plastic […]

Six fears that keep event organizers up at night

Posted on Dec 9, 2014
Six fears that keep event organizers up at night

Part of the Science Hack Day SF organizing team: Ariel Waldman, Rose Broome and Jun Axup (photo by Matt Biddulph) This thought was originally written for the Pastry Box Project and has been reposted here. When I first came across hackathons several years ago, the idea sounded awesome to me. A bunch of people get together, brainstorm […]

I’m helping NASA turn science fiction into science

Posted on Jul 29, 2014
I’m helping NASA turn science fiction into science

I’m both excited and humbled to announce that I’m joining the external council for NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program! NIAC nurtures visionary, sci-fi-esque ideas that could radically transform future NASA missions. Essentially, NIAC is one of the coolest of the many cool programs at NASA. Just recently, NIAC announced funding for 12 projects including a […]

On getting scammed in Shanghai

Posted on Jul 14, 2014
On getting scammed in Shanghai

I got scammed today in Shanghai and enjoyed it. I was admittedly nervous to travel to China on my own, despite being relatively well-traveled. Coming here crossed off the last inhabited continent that I had yet to travel to. The language barrier I knew would be more extreme than anything I had yet experienced. In […]

The future of humans in space

Posted on Jun 11, 2014
The future of humans in space

In 2012, I announced that I was appointed as a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committee member of a congressionally-requested study on the future of human spaceflight. Just last week, we released our 286-page report to the public (thankfully, there is a great summary section at the front!). I highly recommend reading it (you can […]

Adults Are The Future

Posted on Feb 13, 2014
Adults Are The Future

This thought was originally written for the Pastry Box Project and has been reposted here. As someone who has publicly stumbled into a career in space, I often get asked about my interest in space as a little girl – if I had dreams of being an astronaut growing up, if I begged to go to space camp. […]

Newly published instructions on how to organize a Science Hack Day

Posted on Jan 31, 2014
Newly published instructions on how to organize a Science Hack Day

When I first wrote up instructions on how to organize a Science Hack Day, they were rather verbose. I was vacationing in Spain at the time and was probably a little too relaxed to get down to a brass tax quick-start guide. With a total of 28(!) Science Hack Days having taken place all around […]

Seahack.org launches!

Posted on Nov 19, 2013
Seahack.org launches!

I’m gleeful to announce the launch of Seahack.org, a directory of ways to participate in sea exploration! This launch comes on the five year anniversary of its companion site, Spacehack.org. It was five years ago, fresh out of NASA, that I created Spacehack.org. Soon after, I met Lisa Ballard, a planetary data hacker at the […]

Summarizing Science Hack Day SF 2013

Posted on Oct 9, 2013
Summarizing Science Hack Day SF 2013

Science Hack Day SF attendees inside the Morrison Planetarium, photo by Matt Biddulph Wow. The 4th annual Science Hack Day in San Francisco was our most epic yet! I was ecstatic to bring the most science hackers yet (200+) to the largest venue yet – the California Academy of Sciences! Each year of Science Hack […]

Featured in Frankie Magazine!

Posted on Jul 30, 2013
Featured in Frankie Magazine!

If you’re in Australia, you’ll probably see me down there this month! Sadly, not in person, but you can find me in the latest issue of Frankie which has been voted Australia’s best fashion magazine of 2012. I’m incredibly flattered to be included! I would love to see more fashion magazines feature women science hackers […]