37th DPS Meeting, 4-9 September 2005
Session 34 Prize Lectures
Invited, Wednesday, September 7, 2005, 9:00-11:15am, Music Concert Hall

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[34.03] Education and Outreach: Advice to Young Scientists

R.M.C. Lopes (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology)

Carl Sagan set an example to all scientists when he encouraged us to reach out to the public and share the excitement of discovery and exploration. The prejudice that ensued did not deter Sagan and, with the passing of years, more and more scientists have followed his example. Although at present scientists at all ranks are encouraged by their institutions to do outreach, the balancing of a successful scientific career with teaching and outreach is often not an easy one. Young scientists, in particular, may worry about how their outreach efforts are viewed in the community and how they will find the time and energy for these efforts. This talk will offer suggestions on how to balance an active science research program with outreach activities, the many different ways to engage in education and public outreach, and how the rewards are truly priceless.

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