Exciting news-I have been accepted into a PhD program in astrophysics! I will be exploring and applying new techniques to discover and characterize exoplanets, as well as change how science and astronomy education is implemented across the planet. The journey to become Dr. Peluso begins! Read more about what I’ll be doing in the About or Science page of my site.
I was a guest on Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk radio podcast spinoff show, StarTalk All-Stars!
Check it out directly below, or go to the episode link to find other ways to listen (e.g. iTunes podcast, Google Play, etc.).
Link to Episode on StarTalk (w/listening options): https://www.startalkradio.net/show/smarter-8th-grader-dr-funkyspoon/
StarTalk Blog Link: https://www.startalkradio.net/tuesday-night-find-youre-smarter-eighth-grader/?post_types=post
More Info: Last fall I had the honor of student teaching 8th grade science students at Arroyo Vista Charter School in Chula Vista, CA. During their astronomy unit, I introduced astrobiology to my 8th grade students and in order to encourage their curiosity in the subject-matter, I asked NASA planetary scientist and astrobiologist, Dr. David Grinspoon, to personalize a video about astrobiology to my students. The students were so excited about the video and learning about astrobiology that I had them construct some questions that they would like to ask Dr. Grinspoon. This ultimately led to their questions being featured, and me as a guest, on Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk radio podcast spinoff show, StarTalk All-Stars. The episode, "Are You Smarter than an 8th Grader?" with Dr. FunkySpoon, hosted by Dr. David Grinspoon and co-host Chuck Nice, aired on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7 PM EDT on www.startalkradio.net. Huge thanks to StarTalk, Dr. Grinspoon, Chuck, and an extra huge thanks to cooperating teacher, Dr. Dawn Gregory for letting me take over her class and teach her kids about astrobiology!
My science documentary on exoplanets, The Quest for Another Earth, was shown at the 2016 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting's AGU Cinema Program in San Francisco, CA on Monday, December 12, and Friday, December 16, 2016. AGU is the world's largest conference in geophysical science and brings in over 24,000 scientists from around the world. The goal of AGU Cinema is to showcase short science documentaries that communicate science or science education. I was also asked to show my documentary for AGU's 2016 GIFT (Geophysical Information for Teachers) Workshop. Below is a photo of my introducing the video at AGU in San Francisco, CA. I am very excited and proud to be among those chosen to have their work shown at one of the biggest science conferences of the year!