Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations.
So wrote the longtime United States Senator from Arkansas, J. William Fulbright. The quote seems especially appropriate in a story about Lowell Observatory Astronomer Dr. Michael West. He is not only a gifted writer, but he is also the recipient of a prestigious scholarship named after Fulbright that will finance West’s travels to Finland to share ideas about communicating science.
West serves as Deputy Director for Science at Lowell and has been a prolific scientist for years. But he is also passionate about communicating science to the public and has accomplished this himself by giving popular lectures, writing inspiring articles for magazines and newspapers, authoring two books, and serving on various professional committees that promote science communication. His career, in fact, traces back to a book written by another science communicator. The book was titled The Cosmic Connection and written by none other than Carl Sagan. When West read this volume in high school, he became hooked on astronomy.
The Fulbright Scholarship will support the expansion of West’s science communications efforts. He will travel twice to Finland, during which ...