One of the most important and rewarding parts of being an astronomer is getting to share the forefront knowledge that we gain from our research. Like me, I've found that most people have an innate interest in learning about our Universe. But of course not everyone has access to world-class telescopes or supercomputers that astronomer use to carry out their research, and many of our detailed research papers can be quite hard to interpret without the proper background. That's why public outreach activities are so important. I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to lead and participate in a number of different activities aimed at bringing astronomy to the public, including star parties, lectures and discussions.

Currently, most of my outreach activities are associated with the Adler Planetarium's Space Visualization Lab (SVL). I regularly lead Astronomy Conversations with the museum visitors; you can find the schedule here. I also occasionally participate in the Chicago chapter of Astronomy on Tap. Check it out!