I am an astrophysicist working at the University of Virginia. My research uses multi-wavelength surveys to study the cosmological assembly history of galaxies. I use nearby, interacting galaxies to understand how stars formed throughout the universe's history.
I was recently named a 2014 L'Oreal For Women in Science fellow, a program run in partnership with the AAAS that both awards large monetary grants to postdocs to put toward their research and their mentoring activities and connects early career researchers with high level policy makers in the White House and Congress. L'Oreal (with the help of some truly awesome people at gmmb) made the video below highlighting what it's like for me to be an astronomer, a mentor, a mom, and a volunteer. And check out my interview for elle magazine's women in tech series #TechTalk10! You can decide who answered the questions better, me or Ivanka Trump.