Just when I think I am already too busy to do this, I realize this is the best time to offer what I want to call, "Ask a Scientist!" as an open forum for the public to ask questions of a scientist- any scientifically related question! The idea is to illustrate that scientists are accessible people and that we don't know everything, but that we are knowledgeable and want to help everyone as much as we can!
To get this started, I will host the first few once a month from the Valley to the Westside to Downtown and out to Pasadena. Initially, I will make myself available for 2-3 hours in the afternoon on a Saturday or Sunday and will do my best to answer as many questions to the best of my abilities!
Here's where you come into this picture! Where do you want me to do this? I would like to survey you all for the best venues you think this kind of event could take place in. Consider locales that vary from your favorite watering hole (bar) to your local library of bookstore. Next consider the best times: Saturday or Sunday afternoons seem best at highly trafficked public places. Once I've determined a few likely spots, I'll announce them and see what happens. You all are certainly invited to join me to ask questions, answer some (if you just happen to know something about an inquired topic), or just socialize! This will be very informal and I hope to see if any of you have friends that might want to continue in this vein outside the area I mentioned. I might be lured further afield if asked...
One last thing, if you know of any other scientist types who'd be willing to do this on their own time as well, point them my way or let me know and I will invite them to participate in this hair-brained scheme I have to make science fun and accessible! Let me know if you are interested in a particular topic in advance or try to "stump the chump" at my expense!
So, send me your suggestions and I will post the particulars for the new "Ask a Scientist!" open forums soon!
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