Employment

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2009—presentPostdoctoral Researcher
Univ. of Texas at Austin
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2006—2009NSF Postdoctoral Fellow
Univ. of Texas at Austin
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2003—2006 Research Associate
Steward Observatory, Tucson, AZ
Supervisor:
Prof. Ann Zabludoff

Education

University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Ph.D., 2002, Astronomy & Astrophysics
M.S., 1999, Astronomy & Astrophysics

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
B.S., 1996, with highest distinction and Honors, Astronomy & Astrophysics
B.S., 1996, with highest distinction, Physics

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Awards and Fellowships

DatesAward
2006—2009 NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship
2005 Steward Observatory Lucas Award
2000—2001 ARCS Foundation Scholarship
1999 Albert P. Whitford Prize
1997—2000 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
1996—1997 Fulbright Fellowship, MPE, Germany

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Grants

DatesGrant NameAmount
2008—2010 HST Cycle 16 E/PO HST16-456 (PI) $20k
2007—2010 HST Cycle 16 Program GO-11141 (PI) $133k
2006—2009 NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship AST-0602288 (PI) $201k
2003—2008 NSF 3-Year Award AST-0307492 (CoI) $195k

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Research Activities

2006—present NSF Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Texas at Austin
  • Proper motion studies of faint stars in open clusters
  • Luminosity function of field disk and halo white dwarfs from the SDSS (as part of collaboration headed by Ted von Hippel)
  • Photometric and morphological studies of the environments of strong gravitational lenses
2003—2006 Research Associate
Steward Observatory
  • Characterization of the environments of strong gravitational lenses
  • Observational constrains of white dwarf cooling physics in open clusters
1997—2002 Graduate Research Assistant
UCSC, Advisor: Michael Bolte
Thesis Research:
  • Determination of the white dwarf initial-final mass relation
  • Derivation of the upper mass limit of WD progenitors
1996—1997 Fulbright Fellow
MPE, Garching, Germany
Supervisor: Wolfgang Brinkmann
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Related Activities

DateActivity
2009 Invited Speaker, KITP Conference, Stellar Death and Supernovae
2008 Invited Keynote Speaker, Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion, Super-AGB Stars and the Fine Line Between White Dwarf or Supernova
2007 Co-chair, 2008 NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium
2007 Co-chair, SOC, New Horizons in Astronomy: Frank N. Bash Symposium 2007
2007 Invited Speaker, KITP Conference, Paths to Exploding Stars
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Teaching & Outreach Experience

Teaching

DatesCourse
2007 Instructor, Univ. of Texas, AST w392G Observing Techniques in Astronomy
1997—2000 Teaching Assistant, UCSC (4 semesters), Supervisors: Prof. Jean Brodie, Prof. Steven Vogt, Dr. Stephen Murray

 

Outreach

DatesActivity
2004—present Creator and manager, Professor Astronomy blog
2009Co-coordinator/Facilitator, University of Texas Libraries International Year of Astronomy Celebration
2009Invited Speaker, McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors Meeting
2006—2009 Co-coordinator/Facilitator, White Dwarfs and the Age of the Galaxy Teacher Development Workshop'' at McDonald Observatory
2006 Lecturer, Steward Observatory Public Evening Lecture Series
2004—2006 Contributor, ``Ask Astro'' column, Astronomy magazine
1998—2002 Manager, Lick Observatory Ask-An-Astronomer website
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References

References available in the PDF or Postscript version of my CV or by contacting me.
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