On August 8, 2022 (8/8/22!), Garrett and I got married! We went for a beautiful hike up Flattop Mountain and to the base of Hallett Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park and said our vows among the marmots, pika, and ptarmigan. We then hiked down and signed the official paperwork at our home in Lafayette. It was perfect in every… Read more →

Featured by Wellesley College

Thanks to being awarded the NASA Hubble Fellowship, I was featured in an article by Wellesley College! My time at Wellesley was both wonderful and very difficult, so this article gave me good chance to reflect on some of Wellesley’s positive impacts on my astronomy career. Take a look below: Read more →

Magnificent Marlowe Kitty

According to her adoption paperwork, Marlowe was born on May 17, 2011. She was surrendered to the Seattle Humane Society for the first time on December 9, 2016 due to a “change in living situation.” Her intake forms note that she had runny eyes and a history of “eye problems” that had been treated at previous clinics. She was also… Read more →

Advance Evacuation Preparation Tips

I hate fires. I hate everything about them. After our second *winter* wildfire scare here in Colorado, I re-evaluated our evacuation plan yet again and thought I’d write down a few suggestions of things to do *well in advance* of any evacuation. Take a weekend. Do the things. Get a grab-bag (preferably a water and fireproof one) of important documents… Read more →

NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow

I’m happy to announce that I was selected as one of this year’s NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellows and will be starting at Harvard University in Fall 2022! I’ve additionally accepted the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Center for Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship and will combine that with the Hubble for 5 years of postdoctoral experience at the CfA! Moving plans are still TBD,… Read more →

University of Washington Distinguished Dissertation Award for STEM

I’m thrilled to announce that I was awarded the University of Washington’s Distinguished Dissertation Award for Mathematics, Physical Sciences, & Engineering! Thanks so much to my advisor, Emily Levesque, and the UW astronomy department for the nomination. As part of the nomination process, I wrote a 2 page summary of my research for a science-inclined general audience. Here is a… Read more →

June 2021: The month of many conferences

June 2021 has officially been the month of many (okay, three) conferences! Last week, I was an invited speaker at the American Astronomical Society’s meeting-in-a-meeting on Thorne-Żytkow objects. My thesis advisor, Emily Levesque, was given the opportunity to chose a meeting topic as part of being awarded the Pierce Prize and invited a bunch of astronomers (including Kip Thorne and… Read more →

PhD Defense

On the morning of February 25th, 2021, I successfully defended my PhD dissertation entitled, “The Binary Fraction of Red Supergiants” based on my work done at the University of Washington with advisor Dr. Emily Levesque over the past three and a half years. I was initially nervous and a little disappointed that I would have to defend over Zoom as… Read more →

Dunlap Fellow at the University of Toronto

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve accepted a postdoc position at the University of Toronto as a Dunlap Fellow with a tentative start date of September 1, 2021! Once we’re vaccinated, Garrett and I (and Meg and Marlowe) will be moving to Toronto, Canada for a few years while I explore more massive star research. While I’m a little apprehensive… Read more →