|I am an associate professor and astronomer at the University of Denver. I study how massive stars interact with their environments, both before and after they explode as supernovae.
|2014 December 28 — One of the major perks of being an astronomer is that I get to go to conferences in beautiful remote locations. Case in point: earlier this month I was fortunate enough to attend the IAU Symposium 305 in Punta Leona, Costa Rica. My husband and I arrived early and spent a week traveling to the Arenal Volcano area north of San José and the Hacienda Baru wildlife refuge on the Pacific coast. We hiked through primary rainforest, explored mangrove swamps by night and day, and saw an amazing variety of birds and wildlife. Even getting drenched by a torrential tropical downpour couldn't dampen the experience! |
The conference itself featured a lively mix of solar and stellar astronomers, brought together by the shared technique of spectropolarimetry. I gave a talk entitled "Polarimetry as a Window into Supernova Explosions and Progenitors," which will appear in the forthcoming proceedings volume to be published by Cambridge University Press. I also enjoyed a talk by my former Ph.D. student Jamie Lomax and a poster by my former BS student Mike Malatesta building on his undergraduate thesis. And of course I saw many current and former collagues as well as beginning some new collaborations. Happily, we didn't lose any astronomers during the conference outing to view the crocodiles at Rio Tárcoles!
Here are some pictures from the trip. Many thanks to the International Astronomical Union, the High Altitude Observatory, and the DU Office of Internationalization for helping support my participation in this exciting conference!