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Nicole Gugliucci
Noisy astronomer, professor, and blogger
Noisy astronomer, professor, and blogger


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ICYMI, +Fraser Cain and I livestreamed our commentary of the 1998 movie "Armageddon" for the #DIYSciZone fundraiser! Check out the recording below... you can play along with your own copy of the movie.

Also, we are still working towards our $6000 goal to bring hands-on science activities to the kids and adults of +GeekGirlCon! See

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The #DIYSciZone at +GeekGirlCon is raising $6000 to bring hands-on #science experiences AND meeting real scientists to kids and adults in Seattle Oct 8-9. We're a little over halfway to our goal. Can you help?

UPDATE: Oct 4 - new Acts of Whimsy added

Here's the fun part, even if you're not going to GGC. For every level we reach, we put out an "Act of Whimsy." For example, a few of us did "Science Mad Libs" at DragonCon for the $1000 level. You can relive the glory here:

So I've a few more coming up... when we reach $4500, I'll watch the astronomer-cringing movie "Armageddon" and YOU, yes you, will be able to watch my commentary vis Youtube Live. I'll encourage you to join the chat and watch with me! Nothing like a community experience.

Plus, when we reach $5750, almost to our goal, I'll teach one of my Modern Physics classes dressed as #Holtzmann from the new Ghostbusters. My students benefit, and you'll benefit from the photo documentation of the experience.

Help us get there with $5, $20, all the $, shares, likes, and tweets. Thank you so much!

P.S. Treat yourself to the previous "Acts of Whimsy" while you are are it:
Raychelle Burks works in a squid hat:
+Matthew Francis does a great public Cookie Monster impersonation:
+Jason Thibeault live-tweets "Battlefield Earth":
Raychelle Burks listens to Paris Hilton's album:
+Summer Ash wore ALL the Space things around NYC:
+Rachel Pendergrass makes lovely science songs: and
+Torrey Stenmark teaches class as a Hogwarts prof:
+Jason Thibeault livestreams his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game-play:
+Matthew Francis does Winter Sock Soldier on location:
+Bug Gwen presenting at a science conference IN costume:
Fraser Cain and I livestreamed our commentary of Armageddon, and you can play along with the recording:

With more costumes, dancing, singing, and MORE coming up from these folks and +Emily Finke, +Bug Gwen , +DN Lee ... but ONLY if you help!

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I have nothing to add to this. I am just sick over this.
Me too

My head is reeling from the information overload over the past 24 hours. By now many of you would have seen the linked article, calling out an abuser in our community. I'm writing this to say, I believe the authors, I believe the other victims who have come forward, because he did this to me too. I blocked him about 3 years ago and I thought it was just me he did this to but I am heartbroken to see that there are others he similarly abused. It's terrifying to read that article and see the same thing he did to me done to others. I can't even begin to explain what that it feels like.

Scott and I worked a lot on Google Hangouts back in 2012/2013. He was a really good friend at first, and as we got close he talked a lot about his problems. I felt really sorry for him. Now I realise how I was manipulated, I feel sick. I even invited this guy to my wedding - ugh.

Towards the end of 2013, as I was unemployed and living off savings while waiting for immigration paperwork to join my husband in the UK, Scott told me how he can't pay rent and how he doesn't have any money for food. I offered to lend him some money but he refused, but kept talking about how worried he is. Eventually he said yes and I lent him $1500 from my savings. A few weeks later he needed more money for something else (textbooks I think) so I again lent him another $1500. He said he would pay me back in a month or so when his student loans came in.

Meanwhile because I was so bored waiting in Sri Lanka for my immigration paperwork, I started writing more and more science posts. Scott invited me to partner on his website Know the Cosmos and I happily agreed, expecting us to be equal partners. But it turns out I ended up doing the bulk of the writing for free while he didn't really contribute much. It stopped feeling like a partnership and we fought a lot. Eventually I successfully pitched my Hallmarks of Cancer series to Scientific American and he was livid. That's when the emotional abuse really started. Constant arguments and put downs. He would say things like how naive and stupid I was for giving away my writing for free to Scientific American, how this is not the way to do it etc. It's partly why I wrote this post ( to address him and anyone else who questioned my decision to write it for free.

Things just reached a point where we could no longer work together. I remember the last Google Hangout we did together where just before we were supposed to go on air, he yelled at me about something I had done wrong. I was on the verge of tears that whole time, it was awful. But by that time I had moved back to the UK and thanks to a stronger support network around me, I was able to remove him from my life. Before that I sent him several emails asking for my loan back, but he never replied. I gave him a week and then I blocked him on all social media, considering the $3,000 as the price I had to pay to have him out of my life.

I am horrified that there are so many other victims. +Chad Haney  has a post here ( listing some of the others who have come forward. Please share this out, and please warn others. I had no idea he kept doing this after me, and I wish I had said something sooner rather than waiting until now.

I'm going to leave comments open while I am around but lock comments when I am away because I don't want derails from Scott-apologists.

H/T to +Pamela L. Gay and +Rugger Ducky for bringing this to my attention.

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Thanks to everyone who donated and shared and liked so we could reach our fundraising goal for SkepchickCon!!

Be sure to check out the SkepchickCon and Space Lab activities &

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*Help a young girl's fight against cancer*

So I've been doing a lot of new things this year, my first year as a professor. One of them in Crossfit, and I love it. Sometimes, it involves a little running. Not a whole lot. Like 400 m at a time. And I hate running and I complain about those short treks.

Well, one of my amazing students over at the college where I work is running 52 MILES this week. She's a runner and into that kind of seemingly hellish torture, but there is another reason for this particular two-marathon run. She's running to raise money for a daughter of her friend. This young girl is just 7 years old and fighting a rare brain cancer. This girl is sweet and tough and seeming pretty awesome, but cancer... well, is a jerk.

So, this fundraiser is to help the family with the medical costs. If you can contribute, that would be wonderful. If you can share, that would be super wonderful! And be sure to follow little Ava's story on Facebook at and Allie's run on Instagram at

Thanks so much!

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Crowdfunding for science outreach in Minneapolis this summer!

Booking flights... getting rooms... getting ready for CONvergence! It's the first of my three cons this year where I get to share REAL science with the sci-fi/fantasy loving crowds.

We're raising money to cover the expenses of our outreach events at the convention: demo materials, art supplies, and party supplies for the open room events every day and night of CONvergence. If you can throw in a few dollars, we appreciate it! Can you share our fundraiser? We appreciate that, too!

Thanks so much.

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This is my new favorite app. The Rock... as an alarm clock. No Snooze.


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I posted my experience as a #FirstYearProf as a series of gifs . Enjoy. 

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This is really exciting! You can support grassroots STEM efforts in West Africa with +InsightSTEM  
#STEM #education
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