...what scientists did to stay connected during the pandemic? (with Sian Proctor)
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It’s been a little more than one year since the COVID-19 pandemic started and the California Science Center closed to the public. By the time you hear this, though, the Science Center will have just reopened our doors to our guests—running at 25% capacity, now that LA County has moved into a less-restrictive tier and more people are getting vaccinated. As we reflect on the past year, we wanted to share a short story from our archives that kept us hopeful as we return to a more normal day-to-day.

A few weeks ago, we spoke with Sian Proctor (@DrSianProctor), an analog astronaut and geoscience professor at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, AZ. During our conversation, we learned that Sian is not only an accomplished scientist, but she is also an artist!

Do you ever wonder what scientists did to stay connected during the pandemic?

As an analog astronaut, having spent many months in enclosed simulated space station environments with only a handful of other researchers, Sian knows all too well the challenges of being isolated from loved ones for long periods of time. When the pandemic began, Sian describes how she accidentally became an artist and started a postcard club—sending monthly science-themed postcards to people she follows on social media.

Listen to our original conversation with Sian Proctor.

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