Author: Kathryn Neugent

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 →

Life During A Pandemic

Usually I post about my astronomy-related activities, but I thought I’d put up a post about what I’ve been doing while staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic (spoiler alert: lots of baking and knitting). Living in Seattle, life changed for us pretty early. My last “normal” day in the office was Wednesday, March 4th, 2020. By the time I got… Read more →

MOBSTER Conference Talk

This week I attended my first entirely virtual conference! It was put on by the MOBSTER collaboration and focused mainly on stellar variability and magnetic fields of massive stars (conference website). I was invited to give a contributed talk on Binary Red Supergiants which had very little to do with either stellar variability or magnetic fields … oops! The format… Read more →

Binary Red Supergiants in 90 seconds

Last week Skype a Scientist sent out a call for grad students and post docs to create 90 second videos explaining their research to the public. The best 10 were then selected to give 10 minute live-streamed talks on May 12th and it turns out they liked my video! So, here it is … with guest appearances from Meg and Marlowe… Read more →