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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.
MIT Astronomy
MIT Vera
Tufts/MIT Cosmo

Cosmic Bell
David Kaiser
Jason Gallicchio
Alan Guth
Brian Keating
Anton Zeilinger
IQOQI, Vienna

Harvard CfA
Harvard Astro
Harvard PIN
Harvard Library
Andy's Cheat Sheets
NSF Essays
Shu Exam
Grad Students/Advisors
Student/Faculty Photos

Teaching, Mentoring, and Leadership

• Harvard teaching fellow, “Science of the Physical Universe 19: The Energetic Universe”, Prof. Robert P. Kirshner (Spring 2015)

• Co-led the “Harvard/MIT Philosophy of Science Group”, with Elizabeth Petrik, (Harvard Physics), and Prof. Edward Hall (Harvard Philosophy) (2012 - )

• Harvard teaching fellow, “Science A-35: Matter in the Universe”, Prof. Robert P. Kirshner (Spring 2004, Spring 2005)

• Harvard teaching fellow, “Science A-47: Cosmic Connections”, Prof. David Charbonneau (Fall 2005)

• Awarded Certificates of Distinction in Teaching for both courses for the academic years 2003-04 and 2005-06 from the Harvard University Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning (Spring 2004, Fall 2005)

• Teaching assistant, Summer Science Program, a six-week astronomy program for gifted high school students, Happy Valley School in Ojai, CA (2002)

• Teaching assistant, “Astronomy 10: Introductory Astronomy”, Prof. Alex Filippenko, UC Berkeley as college senior (2001)

• Student Instructor, English 198: Science Fiction, De-Cal course, UC Berkeley (1999)

• Advised Isabella Sanders and Anthony Mark on MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Project (UROP) in astronomy and cosmology with Prof. David Kaiser, MIT STS / Physics (2012 - )

• Co-advised Jeff Iuliano on Harvard college senior thesis in the philosophy of science with Prof. Edward Hall, Harvard Philosophy (2012-2013)

• Resident Proctor, Cambridge, University, England: Harvard Summer Program on Nineteenth Century Science and Religion, Prof. Anne Harrington, Harvard History of Science, Prof. John Durant, MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society (2012)

• Physics and Astronomy Tutor,
Cesar E. Chavez Student Learning Center, UC Berkeley (1998 - 2001)

Student Leadership Positions
• Editor In Chief / Webmaster, The Harvard Satyrical Press: A GSAS Student Organization, Harvard University (2003 - 2010)

• Web Designer, Graduate Student Council, Harvard University (2006-2007)

• Arts & Comedy Fellow, Dudley House, Harvard University (2006-2007)

• Resident Advisor, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Residence Halls, Child Hall, Harvard University (2004-2006)

• Social Coordinator / Webmaster, Graduate Dormitory Council, Harvard University (2003-2004)

Harvard Courses
Course websites for current courses as of 2014 with most similar content
(may be different course numbers and faculty)
Semester Fall 2002

Spring 2003

Spring 2004

Fall 2005

Spring 2005

Harvard Graduate Astronomy and Physics Courses Taken Astro 206: Stellar Physics, Prof. Dimitar Sasselov

Astro 150: Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, Prof. George Rybicki

Physics 210: General Relativity, Prof. Andrew Strominger

Astro 200: Seminar in Modern Astrophysics, Profs. Kryszstof Stanek and Matias Zaldariagga

Astro 208: Physics of the Interstellar Medium, Prof. Brian Gaensler

Astro 219: High Energy Astrophysics, Prof. Ramesh Narayan

Physics 211: General Relativity, Cosmology, & Other Topics, Prof. Andrew Strominger

Astro 200: Seminar in Modern Astrophysics, Profs. Kryszstof Stanek and Matias Zaldariagga

Astro 202b: Cosmology, Profs. Lars Hernquist and Avi Loeb

Astro 200: Seminar in Modern Astrophysics, Profs. Kryszstof Stanek and Matias Zaldariagga
Astro 202a: Galaxies and Dynamics, Profs. Lars Hernquist and Matias Zaldariagga

Harvard Undergraduate Science Courses Taught

Science A-35: Matter in the Universe, Prof. Robert Kirshner

Science A-47: Cosmic Connections, Prof. David Charbonneau
Science A-35: Matter in the Universe, Prof. Robert Kirshner

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
Last Updated: Andrew Samuel Friedman, 2/2017

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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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