At A Glance
I am a graduate student in the Physics Department at University of California, Davis. I am currently working on projects to characterize the massive stars that explode a supernovae (Type II).
In my spare time, I volunteer for the Software Carpentry Foundation as an instructor. As an instructor I organize and teach programming skills to researchers to allow them to work more efficiently to create reproducible work. I currently organize the Software Carpentry Workshop at the Winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society. I am also the PI of a grant through the American Institute of Physics to develop Data Carpentry lessons for the astronomical community.
Prior to returning to graduate school, I spent 5 years as a Senior Research and Instrument Analyst at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). At STScI, I coordinated the calibration pipeline development of the two spectrographs on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST): the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS). I also monitored the decline in sensitivity of the COS and STIS FUV and NUV detectors. At STScI, I began my work characterizing massive stars with spectra of the most massive stars R136 (the central starburst cluster of 30 Doradus).
In my remaining moments, I train for short course triathlons, take ballet classes, climb, garden, and bake.