Ph.D., University of Colorado, Astronomy
I received my PhD from University of Colorado Boulder in 2014, with my dissertation work spanning two fields: high-energy astrophysics and science communication research. For the astrophysics side, I got to study some of the most mysterious objects in the Universe: black holes! In particular, I researched some of the extremely energetic phenomena associated with them, such as jets that get accelerated almost up to the speed of light. For the science communication side, I studied strategies for teaching future scientists to communicate science to a general audience (like this workshop!). As of 2015, I have joined the American Astronomical Society staff; as their Science Highlights Editor, I get to translate recent and exciting astrophysics research into summaries for a variety of audiences — science communication at its best!