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Google Science Fair Hangout: What’s Your Utopia?

When you picture a utopia, you might imagine a really amazing place, but one of the key aspects is likely to be that it doesn’t exist, and it wouldn’t work even if it did.

NG Explorer and innovator, TH Culhane, isn’t interested in that kind of utopia. He’s not after some fantasy perfect world, just a better, more beautiful carrying-out of the real one.

One place he sees the regularly finds inspiration and conviction that such change is possible is as a judge at the annual Google Science Fair.

TH Culhane has been a GSF judge every year since the fair began. (Photo by Colby Bishop)
TH Culhane has been a GSF judge every year since the fair began. (Photo by Colby Bishop)

TH has been a judge there every year since its inception, and it’s one of his favorite times of the year. “To have the opportunity to come back each year,” he has said, “engaging, as a humbled adult, in the science fair dialog these young people carry, is one of the greatest honors in my academic and professional career.”

Who needs a lab? TH Culhane makes scientific progress right on the rooftops of Cairo. (Photo courtesy TH Culhane)
Who needs a lab? TH Culhane makes scientific progress right on the rooftops of Cairo. (Photo courtesy TH Culhane)

The magic is that in this environment, it’s clear to him that “global scientific cooperation and ‘moonshot thinking’ is not only alive and well … but imminently and permanently possible.”

You can catch some of TH’s excitement and meet others taking part in the Google Science Fair this Friday, February 27, at 6:30pmET (11:30pmUT) for a live video chat via Google+ Hangout. Ask him your questions, get inspired, and start planning your own entry for the Fair.

And while you’re at it, start cooking up a practical vision to help bring your own utopia into reality.

 

Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of nationalgeographic.com for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.

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