- 2010-2014: I was one of four members of MIT's Class of 2014
selected to be an MIT admissions blogger.
For four years, I wrote
biweekly blog posts
with the goal of making undergraduate life more transparent
to prospective students from around the world.
The website is visited by a quarter of a million people per month,
and I enjoyed corresponding with prospective students,
answering questions about science careers, and offering
suggestions for high school preparation.
One of my blog posts was featured on the MIT News website
and another by the AAS.
One of them was on the front page of Reddit!
I still occasionally contribute to the site.
- 2014: I won First Place in MIT's
DeWitt Wallace Prize for Science Writing for the Public
and was awarded an
Ida M. Green Fellowship from the MIT Science Writing department.
- 2015: I wrote a press release for the Max Planck Institute
for Astronomy and wrote a blog post for the UniverseToday news site.
- 2018: I wrote an article about cosmic forensics
for the Caltech Letters website.
- 2019: I wrote an article for the SMA Newsletter on the spectacular transient AT2018cow.
Talks and Volunteering
Slides of my public talks are available below.
- Caltech: I give talks for the public
in our lecture hall and in a local bar,
and volunteer at public stargazing nights.
- Heidelberg, Germany: Through the the
Haus der Astronomie
(House of Astronomy), I taught a workshop for high school students and published a press release.
- McCormick Public Observatory, Charlottesville VA:
I started and organized a volunteering program for the NRAO summer
I am the Vice President of Science and Engineering Policy at Caltech (SEPAC),
and the Chair of the Science Policy Committee on the
Graduate Student Council.
- 2018: I organized a panel on careers in science policy
that was attended by 70 graduate students.
To bring different perspectives into dialogue,
my committee brought in alumni of the AAAS and CCST policy programs,
a Senior Scientist from the RAND corporation,
and a Chemistry professor who has been influential in policy
from within academia.
- I participated in Congressional Visits Day in 2014 and 2017,
first as a representative of the American Astronomical Society
and then through Caltech.
You can read about my experience
here and here.
- I was one of roughly 40 scientists and policymakers
selected for the 2017
International Summer Symposium
on Science and World Affairs in Darmstadt, Germany.
I gave a presentation on managing Space Traffic.
- Through SEPAC and the GSC, I run events to help
give graduate students a sense for what careers might be
available to them in science policy, lunch discussions
on a variety of topics from space traffic to federal
and trips to visit policymakers in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.