NASA Invites Glamorgan Rapper to Seattle

University of Glamorgan science communication rapper, Jon Chase has been invited by NASA to guest star at a conference at the University of Washington, in Seattle.

NASA‘s AbGradCon conference is a gathering of the rising stars in astrobiology, the search for life beyond the Earth. Jon’s trip is the latest in a summer of scoops for the University’s science communication team, which is headed up by Professor Mark Brake. Last month, another member of the team, Dr Toby Murcott, scooped the front page of Nature, the prestigious science journal.

Jon Chase commented, “It’s a great privilege to be invited as a guest speaker to NASA’s AbGradCon. At Glamorgan, we engage with people through a blend of science and the imagination, working hand in hand to help with creativity. I hope that delegates at the NASA conference get to understabd what popular culture, especially hip hop, has to offer in the communication of astrobiology”.

Glamorgan protégé Jon Chase rose to fame last year when he was commissioned by NASA to create his Astrobiology Rap, which has almost a quarter of a million hits on YouTube. In June, at the UK’s science communication conference in London, Jon performed his unique fusion of rap and science to an enthusiastic audience of key stakeholders, including Sir Roland Jackson, Chief Executive of the British Science Association, and Clare Matterson, Director of the Medicine, Society and History division at the Wellcome Trust. And on July 4, Jon rapped at the Royal Institution in an appearance with Professor Mark Brake (as pictured above).

Jon is both a graduate and now a scholar associated with the University’s MSc Communicating Science, which trains for careers in media, government, and research. The course is now available both full-time and part-time.

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