ComSciCon Leadership Team

The ComSciCon Leadership Team has responsibility for guidance, oversight, and continuity of ComSciCon's national workshop programs and its local & specialized franchises nationwide.  It is composed of current and former members of ComSciCon national workshop Organizing Committees.

Alie Caldwell

Alison Caldwell

Co-creator, writer, and co-host of Neuro Transmissions
Alie Caldwell completed her PhD in Neurosciences at UC San Diego in 2019, where she studied glial biology and genetic neurodevelopmental disorders. She is the... Read more about Alison Caldwell
Ben Cook

Ben Cook

Graduate Student

Ben entered the Ph.D. program in Astronomy at Harvard in 2014, after completing his undergraduate work in Astrophysics at Princeton.  His main scientific focus is on the formation and evolution of galaxies.... Read more about Ben Cook

Maria Drout

Maria Drout

Hubble, Carnegie-Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellow, Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science
ComSciCon Co-founder

I am currently a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science and a Research Associate at the Dunlap Institute...

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Susanna Kohler

Susanna Kohler

Science Highlights Editor, American Astronomical Society
Ph.D., University of Colorado, Astronomy
ComSciCon Co-founder

I received my PhD from University of Colorado Boulder in 2014, with my dissertation work spanning two fields: high-energy astrophysics and science...

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Shannon M.  Morey

Shannon M. Morey

Teacher, Abbott Lawrence Academy
ComSciCon Co-founder

Shannon is a chemist, a leader in K12 STEM education, and one of the founding members of the ComSciCon organizing team.  Shannon teaches physics and...

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Jamila Pegues

Harvard University, Department of Astronomy
Jamila Pegues is a 5th-year graduate student at Harvard University, where she is pursuing a Ph.D in Astronomy and a Master of Science in Computational...
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Nathan E. Sanders

Nathan E. Sanders

ComSciCon & Astrobites Co-Founder
Harvard Astronomy PhD
Applied Statistician & Data Scientist

As a Ph.D. student in Astronomy at Harvard University, Nathan helped to develop and lead a variety of science education and outreach programs, including Astrobites and ComSciCon,  to foster interest in astronomy and related disciplines at all age levels.... Read more about Nathan E. Sanders