I was honored to be invited to participate the other day as the “special guest scientist” at the weekly Science News Discussion put on by the Science Access Center. This is a brand new non-profit organization dedicated to bringing science to the general public. Each week they host an informal science discussion (in Berkeley, CA), bringing together members of the public and at least one scientist. This was just their second one ever. (They’re so new they don’t have their own website yet, which is why the links here are to Facebook.)
The discussion was wide ranging and certainly covered territory way beyond my expertise. It was both fun and humbling. I’m pretty sure this roomful of interested lay people who pay attention to science knew more science than I do. While I was scrambling to get lab results, publish papers, and keep up with the most esoteric minutiae of research related closely to my own, these folks had time to read up on nuclear physics, immunology, and volcanoes. Hopefully everybody learned a little something – I know I did!
Anyway, I was glad to be able to contribute in some small way to this fledgling organization in its early stages. Looking forward to seeing where this goes!