Curriculum Vita

Technically skilled, communications-focused astronomer with experience in research, university teaching, public outreach, and popular science writing. Possesses passion for communicating astronomy informally and formally, extensive observational astronomy experience, and more than a decade of experience planning and implementing citizen science and outreach programs.

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Ph.D. University of Texas, Astronomy, 2002
Dissertation: Using Radio Sources to Find Galaxy Clusters (advisors: John Kormendy & Gary Hill)

M.A. University of Texas, Astronomy, 1998
Thesis: Variable Stars in the Ursa Minor Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy (advisor: Edward Robinson)

B.S. Michigan State University (Honors College), Astrophysics, 1996
Senior Thesis: Period Changes of RR Lyrae Stars in Globular Clusters (advisor: Horace Smith)

Current Appointments [academic employment history]

Assistant Research Professor (2010 – now)
Center for STEM Research, Education & Outreach
Southern Illinois University Edwardville, Edwardsville, IL, USA

Executive Director (2008 – now)
Astrosphere New Media Association, Edwardsville, IL, USA

Current Professional Service [service history-coming soon]

American Astronomical Society

  • 2015 Solar Eclipse Committee Member

Astronomical Society of the Pacific  

  • Board member & secretary, 2014 –

Committee in Space Research 

  • Education Committee, 2014 –

Global Hangs on Universe 

  • Board Member, 2014 –

International Astronomical Union 

  • Elected steering committee member & secretary, 2015 –
    Commission C, Education, Outreach, & Heritage
  • Conference SOC, 2013 –
    Division C.C2, Communicating Astronomy to the Public
  • Committee Member, 2014 –
    International Year of Light, Cosmic Light Awareness Cornerstone

Journal of Science and Popular Culture

  • Advisory board

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Variable Star Observers
  • American Association of University Women
  • American Astronomical Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • Committee for Space Research
  • International Astronomical Union
  • Sigma Xi Sigma