A Professor Searches for a Public Voice

Daniel Colon-Ramos at TEDx San Juan

Daniel Colon-Ramos at TEDx San Juan

As we launch year three of our Public Voices fellowship at Yale University this month, we wanted to take a moment to return to the words of Daniel Colon-Ramos, a fellow from our Yale Public Voices fellowship last year, who wrote about the difficulties and rewards of being a public scholar.  In particular, we were struck by his description of how he first encountered “science,” and the notion of expertise:

When I was a child growing up in Puerto Rico, I was interested in science but did not know any scientists, nor did I understand how science was done. My father worked in the newspaper business and would occasionally find articles and opinion pieces written by Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan that had been syndicated and translated into Spanish by local newspapers. He would cut them out neatly and bring them home as special gifts. I was allowed to read them only after I had finished my homework. Those short essays were great treats—windows into a wonderful but inaccessible world of possibilities and discovery. Back then I often wondered why scientists did not write more for the public.

Read Colon-Ramos’ full article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.


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