Introducing Matthew R. Francis

Matthew R. Francis [] is a science journalist, public speaker, educator, and wearer of jaunty hats. He received a PhD from Rutgers University in 2006, where he studied galaxy cluster cosmology, dark energy, and the mathematical structure of gravitational theories. After finishing his doctorate, he taught college and directed a small planetarium in Tennessee.
Since 2011, Matthew has been a full-time science writer, covering astronomy, physics, planetary science, and social issues within science. His articles have been published in Physics World, Symmetry, Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine, Mosaic, Slate, NOVA, and many others. [Link to portfolio: ] He uses his background in research and teaching to help in his writing. As someone who made the transition from academic science to journalism, he mentors others who are interested in making a similar transition.
Beyond science, Matthew is finishing his first novel (well, since his teenage writings, which are best forgotten). He enjoys playing music, reading comics, talking about his cats, and taking Star Wars far too seriously. He is on Twitter @DrMRFrancis more than he should be.

Introducing Alex Hagen

Alex Hagen was born and raised in Sacramento, California. He is currently a graduate student at Pennsylvania State University, where he works on galaxies. Mostly faint, fuzzy, far-away ones. He is a part of the HETDEX project which will measure the evolution of dark energy in the early universe. His wife Lea is also a graduate student in Astronomy & Astrophysics and she works with the Swift Satellite. Alex and Lea enjoy cooking, local food, and are also active in the State College Presbyterian Church. Alex is also a big fan of coffee, webcomics, and sports.

The other 51 weeks of the year, you can find Alex at @astrophysicalex