...was how the previous heading description of my blog went.
I made this blog with the purpose of enhancing my writing skills, discussing the details of my summer research project, and expressing my thoughts about anything my heart desired. Seeing how it has turned out thus far, I am happy that Harvard professor, Dr. John Johnson, recommended that all of us interns create this blog and write in it as often as possible.
"You might have to follow the advice given in [one] post, which gives you a link to a previously written post that you should read first."
I decided to write about the lessons we learned during the Astro-Statistics class we took that summer. Occasionally, I discussed my research project as well. For both of these topics, it was necessary to have them be a continuous series of blog posts. So, to get the full understanding of some of my posts, you might have to follow the advice given in that post, which gives you a link to a previously written post that you should read first.
This blog has become a hobby that I plan on continuing for years to come. Most of my future content will be me teaching a scientific concept or talking about an event or person in the scientific community. As time goes on, I will be writing more material that people outside of the scientific community can understand. Working for the Adler Planetarium consistently reminds me of how vital it is for astronomers to teach and inform the lay[wo]men about astronomy. Thus, I will be doing this through my blog as well.
People who are not as scientifically inclined as the PhD astrophysicists I work with will enjoy these 3 blog posts among others:
"With an inspiring leader like Dr. Johnson, it is impossible for interns to walk out of the Banneker Institute the same as they came in."
In regards to my personal life, articulating my thoughts through writing is an empowering experience. I now understand why many astronomers use this powerful form of communication to organize their thoughts as well as to inform, inspire, and influence the world. Although people may use their blogs for writing poetry, telling stories, marketing themselves or informing others about scientific results, I am happy that one of the first blogs I have read in my entire life is used for activism towards social justice issues. The blog I am referring to is Dr. Johnson's.
With an inspiring leader like Dr. Johnson, it is impossible for interns to walk out of the Banneker Institute the same as they came in. Because of the Banneker institute, I am sure that NO hardships of graduate school will halt my relentless pursuit for the PhD. Thanks to the Astro-Statistics class, my computer programming skills have drastically improved. Furthermore, my public speaking skills have skyrocketed after being taught the art of elocution by Professor Johnson and his colleagues while also delivering a talk to my peers every 2 weeks. And last but not least, my mind has been enlightened to the intrinsic, yet subtle, injustices and prejudices that currently plague the science community.
My time as a Banneker Institute Fellow may have ended, but I will certainly remain an affiliate of the program and support other interns as more arrive summer after summer.