Introducing Emily Rice

Emily Rice is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Engineering Science & Physics at the College of Staten Island (City University of New York), faculty in Physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, member of CUNY Astro, and resident research associate in the Dept. of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. She studies low mass stars, brown dwarfs, & exoplanets by studying their spectra and modeling their atmospheres. Additionally she is a co-author of a new lab manual for introductory college-level astronomy courses.

She frequently give public presentations, including at the Hayden Planetarium. Emily also makes fun videos, organize astronomy presentations at bars, and share science fashion. Some past projects include AMNH’s Science Bulletins and Cosmic Discoveries iPhone app.

You can find Emily tweeting at @emilylurice.


Introducing Nathaniel Ross

This week we feature Nathaniel Ross, a sixth-year graduate student in Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Nathaniel’s thesis research focuses on the growth of super-massive black holes in galaxies half way across the visible universe. He has developed the data analysis software for the WFC3 Infrared Spectroscopic Parallels (WISP) Survey, a large Hubble Space Telescope project involving roughly 20 scientists from around the globe. Throughout his grad school career, he has spent more than 40 nights at telescopes (Magellan in Chile, Keck in Hawaii, Kitt Peak in Arizona, Palomar and Lick Observatories in California). He is convinced that the number one all-time best observing snack is Trader Joe’s chocolate-covered espresso beans. In his spare time, Nathaniel is a volunteer with Astronomy Live!, the education and public outreach wing of the UCLA Astronomy department, a film buff, and an Ohio State Buckeyes fan. He has also recently become an amateur triathlete. You can follow him at @StarryNate on Twitter.

Introducing Amanda Bauer

This week features  Amanda Bauer.  Amanda is a research astronomer and outreach officer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) based in Sydney, Australia. She started this 50/50 role one year ago and is still exploring how to maximise both research and science communication without working WAY too much!

Her research explores variations in how galaxies form, how they live their lives, and how they evolve into the diverse array of galaxy species we see today.  She uses surveys with thousands or hundreds of thousands of galaxies, like GAMA and the SAMI Galaxy Survey, to investigate what physical processes regulate star formation inside galaxies that live in different cosmic environments.

Her passion for science communication through her personal @astropixie account has lead to her ability to do this as 50% of her official job. As the first outreach officer at the AAO, she is developing a strategy to capture and communicate the excitement of new astronomical discoveries and innovative engineering feats occurring within the AAO and the astronomical community.