My latest post for Astrobites is now live!
For the paper I covered, I got to relive a little bit of the amazing experience that was the 2017 total solar eclipse (I wrote another blog post about it here). Total solar eclipses provide us with rare opportunities to study parts of the Sun that are otherwise completely outshone – namely, the corona. The authors of the paper used observations of the Sun’s magnetic fields in the weeks leading up to the eclipse to try to predict what the corona would look like on the day of the...
I recently wrote a blog post for the Union of Concerned Scientists as part of their annual Early Career Scientists (ECS) Month. As an ECS myself, and as a passionate science communicator, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about – providing more incentives for ECS to participate in science communication and outreach.
Nowadays, it’s incredibly hard to “make it” in the academic world – you need to spend upwards of 60 of 70 hours working every week and publish lots of papers. All of that means there’s less time for other enjoyable activities, like outreach. Currently,...
My newest Astrobites post is live!
This post was extra fun to write because the authors of the paper I covered work right down the hall from me in the University of Michigan Astronomy department! (No conflicts of interest though, my work has nothing to do with theirs.)
The authors compared a variety of observations of the Andromeda galaxy and its weirdly compact elliptical companion, M32, to results of simulations they had run. They found that M32 was likely much, MUCH bigger about 2 billion years ago, right before Andromeda consumed it. In fact, we now think that M32...
Yet another post for Astrobites!
This one is another interview of a keynote speaker at the upcoming American
Astronomical Society meeting in Denver, CO. I got to talk to Keivan Stassun
about his work studying exoplanets and about his inspiring work on
neurodiversity. He was such a fun person to talk to, and I hope you’ll check out
Another day, another new
over on Astrobites!
This was a different kind of piece than I’ve ever done before. Most things I’ve
written have been summaries – of a conference, of a paper, of something I
read. But this time, I got to interview the inspiring Debra Fischer, who is
trying to find new Earth-like planets around other stars. I had so much fun
talking to her!
Not only is she a successful #womaninSTEM, but her story is simply inspiring. Go
take a read!