23 August 2013

Let's meet Astronomer, Writer, Podcaster and Pioneer in New Media Astronomy: Pamela Gay!

In relation with EWASS or European Week of Astronomy and Space Science that was held in Turku, Finland last July, I met with an Astronomy icon of mine Pamela Gay.

She announced her arrival for the conference on her google + profile and I immediately contacted her if she would be willing to meet with a "fan". She responded with an email a few days later and told me we could meet for a while. I could not believe it, the woman I followed for many years with Astronomy Cast is coming to meet me!!!! It was really great! I had this feeling that if you want to do something, just do it and you will be rewarded. So I did...

Pamela Gay has been a pioneer in new media, social medias and on the Internet at large related to Astronomy. I remember in 1999 when Universe Today came out, I was one of the first to follow this great website and a few years later in 2006 Astronomy Cast hit us with great audio/podcast to listen to all related to Astronomy. Pamela and Frasier were in the forefront of this scene on the Internet.

Pamela Gay continues to be an active member of the Astronomy/ Space community on the Internet. She has many projects including Astronomy Cast with Frasier Cain, her own nest Star Stryder blog, co founder of Slacker Astronomy and her most recent project the fabulous citizen-science community.

Pam has received a B.S. in Astrophysics from Michigan State University in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Texas in 2002. Today, she teaches at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Of course as a professional astronomer, Pamela Gay is invited in many conferences and seminars to speak and give lectures about astronomy.

These Pioneers of outreach on Astronomy and Space related topics are the foundation of the Astronomy/Space community out there. These are men and women who have dedicated their time to generate more awareness on astronomy in new media. But also in person by attending to different get-togethers around the world.
I salute you Pamela and I wish you and all the pioneers out there a bright future in your projects. I will be following!

Here are links to Pamela Gay's projects. Please have a look at these projects, you could find something you like :D

Astronomy Cast
Star Stryder blog
Slacker Astronomy
The Swinburne University of Technology
Wikipedia: Pamela L. Gay 
Pamela Gay on Facebook
Pamela Gay on Twitter

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