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PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

 

 
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.
 
Quadruple papers on a binary star
2015 November 13 — After a multi-year collaboration, I am excited to announce that four papers resulting from the international delta Ori observing campaign have recently been published in the Astrophysical Journal! NASA put out a very nice press release describing these results; find more details on my massive star research page. Former DU Ph.D. student Jamie Lomax and I joined this collaboration as an offshoot of her work with GSFC X-ray astronomy Michael Corcoran. Although we contributed spectropolarimetric observations of δ Ori, they are not discussed in the newly published articles; we plan to obtain more data and continue the investigations begun by this team. It has been an honor to collaborate with this brilliant and collegial group of international scientists, and we look forward to future successes!
 
Peregrinations
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.
 
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