Introducing Amy Barr Mlinar

Amy Barr Mlinar is an expert in the formation and evolution of icy bodies. She is currently a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, AZ. Amy holds a BS in Planetary Science from Caltech and PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a member of the Europa Imaging System team and the REASON ice-penetrating radar team for the forthcoming Europa mission. She has been a member of several National Academies committees including Planetary Protection for Icy Bodies, and is currently a member of the Academies’ Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group. Amy currently resides in Belgrade, Serbia. In her spare time, she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Summer Science Program, Inc., which operates a summer residential astronomy enrichment program that has been active since 1959.

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Introducing Julie Rathbun

Julie Rathbun is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and a professor of Physics at the University of Redlands. She received her BS in Physics from the State University of New York at Buffalo, the first in her family to receive a college degree. Her PhD is in Astronomy from Cornell University where she focused on planetary science and surface heat flow processes. While she never used a research-class telescope during her Phd program, she has since used NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Mauna Kea to study active volcanoes on Io, a moon of Jupiter. Julie has also used data from Galileo, Voyager, Cassini, and New Horizons in her quest to understand how Io’s volcanoes work. Her favorite volcano (and the one she has studied most extensively) is Loki Patera, the largest volcano in the Solar System. While Io is her first love, she’s also interested heat flow on other satellites, particularly Europa and Enceladus.

She is currently on sabbatical from the University of Redlands, so is not teaching this semester. But, when teaching, you can find her teaching upper level physics classes and introductory classes for non-majors. She has developed two new courses for non-science major students: Physics of Disneyland and Cosmorphology: Geology and Art, the later she co-teaches with Monica Aiello, professional artist at Eurekus in Denver, CO. She normally tweets at @LokiVolcano.