When we look up at the vastness of the universe, does that make us feel very small, or does it make us feel connected to something so much larger?
Kathryn Robison is a Ph.D. student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Political Science at The University of Alabama. She is originally from Raleigh, NC and grew up in a Southern Baptist family. Her research centers on the use of social media in the fields of science, politics, and religion. She is especially interested in science communication and the political sphere, and how science is used in political communication and policy making. Kat holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies from The University of Arizona, and a M.A. in American Studies from Youngstown State University. She originally intended to pursue graduate study in Biological Anthropology with a focus on the evolution of bipedal locomotion, but after several contentious interactions with people from her faith community about her decision to study evolution during her undergraduate career, she became interested in the public perception of and conversation about science - ultimately choosing to pursue those questions as a graduate student instead.
Outside her life as a Ph.D. student, Kat is a contributor to the space industry news podcast, Talking Space and travels to as many launches as possible. She is a poet, and an occasional blogger for Geek Girls Night Out. Kat enjoys yoga, traveling, and learning new languages. She studied at The University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana as a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar in 2009, and was awarded a 2015 Critical Language Scholarship for intensive summer language study of Turkish in Ankara, Turkey.
How does play help us understand the rules of the game for both science and religion? How can they help us better understand and create more joy in the work that we do?
How would our religious perspective change if we discovered life on other planets?
Why are some sources of authority more alluring than others?
How can the workplace and our other social institutions help dispel the myth that everyone is just in it for themselves?
Does religion offer something special that science doesn’t?
Religion and science needn’t live in their own echo chambers. Rather, they can coexist in a meaningful way, both informing the other.
What do seeing oneself as a part of nature and seeing oneself as part of a massive demonstration have in common?
When does questioning spark joy, and when does it lead to frustration?
Despite the change around me, what is true and what is right has not changed, and some truths are not dependent on people to give them value.