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Astronomy education, outreach, and research


All About Me

Education Background

Ph.D. Astronomy
UC Berkeley

Masters in Applied Math & Theoretical Physics
Cambridge University

B.A. Physics
B.A. Mathematics
Northwestern University


In summary

I am currently a postdoctoral scholar in astronomy, working with Professor Stella Offner on questions regarding the formation of stars. 

As a graduate student, I was a UC Berkeley Dissertation Fellow and NSF Graduate Fellow in astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California Berkeley. My research focused on the formation of stars and planets, and my thesis investigated the formation of the first stars. There--through the enthusiasm and encouragement of fellow graduate students--I also developed a strong interest in astronomy and physics pedagogy research and the development of faculty and graduate student instruction. I was the recipient of both UC Berkeley teaching awards (one is an essay competition, here is a link to my essay "Bringing astronomy down to Earth").

I was also a frontrunner for the astronomy department's public outreach and education efforts throughout my graduate school tenure. Successes included answering over 100 ask-an-astronomer questions, giving over a dozen phone and radio news interviews, and organizing over three dozen talks at schools, amateur astronomy clubs, and academies. 

Before UC Berkeley, I was an undergraduate at Northwestern University, where I was a member of the math, physics, and arts and sciences honor societies, as well as the marching band. Between Northwestern and UC Berkeley, I was a student at Cambridge University in Churchill College, participating in the Part III Math Tripos



Successful grant writer for curriculum development

Past UC Berkeley Dissertation Fellow and NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Recipient of both graduate student teaching awards from UC Berkeley

Recipient of the Teaching in Higher Education Certificate from UC Berkeley

Lee Corbin awardee, Northwestern University (given to two graduating seniors in arts and sciences)

Best undergraduate thesis awardee, Physics department, Northwestern University


I grew up in Southgate, Michigan, a suburb in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. I attended Southgate Anderson High School and then attended the University of Michigan. After two years there, I transferred to Northwestern University and completed my undergraduate education. 

Beyond academic studies, I am a jogger, musician, geocacher, and storyteller enthusiast. I also listen to too many podcasts. 

Very willing to answer questions, and was very encouraging. Also knows his stuff very well.
— Pedagogy student, 2014
Puts ‘awesome’ back into astronomy.
— Intro to astronomy student, 2014