After a long hiatus, I made a new zine recently!! It's all about the science of aliens and SETI (the search for extraterrestrial life), and you can find it in my shop. I also got a chance to share this, and a lot more about science zines, at this year's OC Zine Fest. Because of the pandemic, it was fully virtual -- you can check out my Instagram takeover on their account @oczinefest, and find me in their zinester directory!
So, today some of my earrings are officially available on Startorialist's new online shop https://shop.startorialist.com/! This is so exciting, and bonus: I've been working on a project with them I'm really excited about, launching soon. They also wrote up a super kind blog post about me, which you can find here: https://shop.startorialist.com/blogs/news/wcw-with-briley-lewis
ComSciCon's first ever virtual flagship went great!! I really enjoyed being a part of the Organizing Committee and seeing how this conference comes to life, and hosting a workshop on zine-making in #scicomm was so much fun with this great group of attendees.
I recently wrote an article about the idea of "home" and how that's evolved for me through the pandemic, with a focus on how home is so uncertain in academia. You can read it at the Xylom!
As of last week, I've officially finished and passed my comprehensive exams, meaning I've got my master's degree now!
Not science or scicomm, but I rescued a senior pup! He is the greatest joy, and hangs out with me while I work now.
Have you heard of BiteScis?!
If not, let me introduce you! Part of the SciBites family, BiteScis is an awesome collaboration between scientists and K-12 educators. They create lesson plans that bring cutting edge scientific research and REAL research papers into the classroom, connecting them with science education standards and making them available online for teachers to access and implement. After meeting these awesome folks at ComSciCon19, I wrote a lesson with them on Newton's 2nd Law and Planet 9 - you can see it here!
So excited that my first 1st author paper is up on the arXiv! You can take a look at it here: https://arxiv.org/abs/1912.02333 or read a Twitter thread explaining the results here: https://twitter.com/briles_34/status/1203021129616461824!
This month I got to go to the ComSciCon Flagship workshop at UCSD - so many great #comsciconnections were made, including finally getting to meet some of my fellow Astrobites authors. Really excited to have gotten to spend a few days learning all about how to be a better science communicator!
This week, I had the opportunity to share my science with a great crowd over at IPAC in Pasadena. As always, it's so fun to talk about Pluto, and it was great to meet so many awesome scientists! Thanks so much for having me!
Briley is a graduate student in astronomy & astrophysics at UCLA. She is also a runner, writer, crafter, and zine-maker. Check back here for updates on her work and adventures!