|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.
|2015 June 27 — I've had a busy travel schedule in the past few months! In April I was invited to spend a week at Chicheley Hall in Buckinghamshire, England to attend the Kavli Scientist-Writer Workshop. It was a lovely venue and a fascinating topic; I met new friends from various scientific disciplines around the world, learned tips of the trade from professional science writers, and honed my communication skills.
In June I presented talks at both the International Workshop on Wolf-Rayet Stars in Potsdam, Germany and the Physics of Evolved Stars conference in Nice, France. Both were very productive for meeting collaborators old and new, as well as visiting some beautiful corners of Europe. My Ph.D. advisee Manisha Shrestha presented a poster on her work in Nice as well.
Later in June I also attended the first-ever Inclusive Astronomy meeting in Nashville, TN. This workshop was a powerful gathering of astronomers across the spectra of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability status, etc. to discuss how the field can be made more equitable and supportive of all its practitioners. I did not present, but learned a great deal that I'm still contemplating and puttinng into practice in my own career and interactions. The APS reported on the conference in a news article here. I was proud to be a part of it and to contribute to the recommendations that will grow out of the discussions begun there.