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    I am an astronomer, cosmologist, and data scientist. I am currently a NSF funded Research Associate in the MIT Program in Science, Technology and Society (STS) and a Visiting Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics. I work on several theoretical and observational cosmology projects, including devising fun experiments that leverage cosmology to help test fundamental physics and observing exploding stars with ground and space based telescopes. Before MIT, I completed a PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the Harvard University Department of Astronomy and I received my BA in Physics & Astrophysics from UC Berkeley. I am excited to explore a range of fascinating scientific questions through research, science writing, art, animation, public outreach, and working with the science media. For more info, see my Bio, Resume, and CV.
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Poster Presentations
7. Disentangling Dust Extinction and Intrinsic Color Variation of Type Ia Supernovae With Near-Infrared and Optical Photometry, RogerFest: A Festival of Cosmic Explosions, Caltech Cahill Center, Pasadena, CA, (Aug 21-23, 2009)

6. Disentangling Dust Extinction and Intrinsic Color Variation of Type Ia Supernovae With Near-Infrared and Optical Photometry, Stellar Death & Supernovae, Kavli Inst. for Theoretical Physics (KITP), UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA, (Aug 17-21, 2009)

5. Disentangling Intrinsic Color Variation and Dust Extinction of Type Ia Supernovae With Near-Infrared, Optical, and Ultraviolet Photometry, AAS Meeting #213, Long Beach, CA (Jan 9-14, 2009)

4. Type Ia Supernovae are Good Standard Candles in the Near Infrared: Evidence from PAIRITEL, AAS Meeting #211, Austin, TX, (Jan 7-11, 2008)

3. The Absolute Brightness of Type Ia SNe in the NIR from PAIRITEL: Implications for the NASA/DOE Joint Dark Energy Mission 2nd GSRP Symposium, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, (Sep 19-21, 2007)

2. Infrared Light Curves of Nearby Supernovae with the Peters Automated Infrared Imaging Telescope (PAIRITEL), Poster Presentation, AAS Meeting #207, Washington, DC, (January 8-12, 2006)

1. Toward a More Standardized Candle Using GRB Energetics and Spectra, 4th Workshop on Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Afterglow Era, Rome, Italy, (Oct 18-22, 2004)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Center for Theoretical Physics Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Vienna University of California, San Diego UCSD Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences Harvard University Astronomy Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics UC Berkeley Astronomy National Science Foundation National Aernautics & Space Administration
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF Award #1056580 (2012-2014) through an NSF Science, Technology, and Society Postdoctoral Fellowship at MIT and the NSF INSPIRE program via NSF Award #1541160 (2015-2018).

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