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    I am an astronomer, cosmologist, and data scientist. I am currently a NSF funded Assistant Research Scientist at the UC San Diego Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS profile) and a Research Affiliate in the MIT Program in Science, Technology and Society (STS). I work on several theoretical and observational cosmology projects to devise and implement fun experiments that leverage cosmology to help test fundamental physics. These include a series of experiments with colleagues to test quantum theory with astronomical observations as well as Infrared and Optical observations of Type Ia Supernovae with ground and space based telescopes, which can be used to measure the expansion history of the universe, cosmic acceleration, and dark energy. Before UCSD, I was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT, a NSF Funded Research Associate at MIT, and a Visiting Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics. I completed my PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the Harvard University Department of Astronomy and I received my BA in Physics & Astrophysics from UC Berkeley. I am very interested in projects at the intersection between observational astronomy, astrophysics, data analysis, and the philosophy of science, especially the philosophy of cosmology. 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, see my Bio, Resume, and CV.
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Conferences & Workshops

Conferences Attended
21. American Astronomical Society Meeting 228, San Diego, CA (Jun 12-16, 2016)

20. Cosmic Bell Team Workshop, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI), Vienna, Austria (Sep 29 - Oct 4, 2015)

19. American Astronomical Society Meeting 224, Boston, MA (Jun 1-6, 2014)

18. UCSC Institute for the Philosophy of Cosmology, sponsored by the (Rutgers Templeton Project in the Philosophy of Cosmology), Invited participant in 3-week workshop at UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, (Jun 23-July 14, 2013)

17. Type Ia Supernovae in the Near Infrared: A PITT PACC (PITTsburgh Particle physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology Center) workshop at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physics and Astronomy (Mar 28-30, 2012)

16. American Astronomical Society Meeting 218, Boston, MA (May 22-26, 2011)

15. Logic, Mathematics, and Physics Graduate Conference (LMP): Topics in the Philosophy of Cosmology panel, University of Western Ontario, London Ontario, Canada, (May 7-9, 2011)

14. Philosophy of Cosmology Workshop, University of Western Ontario, London Ontario, Canada, (May 6-7, 2011)

13. American Astronomical Society Meeting 215, Washington, DC (Jan 3-7, 2010)

12. RogerFest: A Festival of Cosmic Explosions, Caltech Cahill Center, Pasadena, CA, (Aug 21-23, 2009)

11. Stellar Death & Supernovae, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara CA (KITP), UCSB, (Aug 17-21, 2009)

10. American Astronomical Society Meeting 213, Long Beach, CA (Jan 9-14, 2009)

9. American Astronomical Society Meeting 211, Austin, TX, (Jan 7-11, 2008)

8. NASA GSRP Symposium, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, (Sep 19-21, 2007)

7. Accretion and Explosion: the Astrophysics of Degenerate Stars, Kavli Institute For Theoretical Physics (KITP), UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA, (Jan 29-Feb 23, 2007)

6. American Astronomical Society Meeting 209, Seattle, WA, (Jan 5-10, 2007)

5. NASA GSRP Symposium, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, (Sep 18-22, 2006)

4. Penn State Summer School in Astrostatistics, Pennsylvania State University, College Station, PA, (Jun 6-10, 2006)

3. American Astronomical Society Meeting 207, Washington, DC, (January 8-12, 2006)

2. American Astronomical Society Meeting 205, San Diego, CA, (Jan 9-13, 2005)

1. American Astronomical Society Meeting 201, Seattle, WA (January 2003)

Poster Presentations
8. Testing Quantum Mechanics and Bell's Inequality with Astronomical Observations, 2nd Annual MIT Postdocs Share Their Science Poster Session, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (May 12, 2014)

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)

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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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