Welcome! I joined the Harvard Astronomy Faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2010. My research focuses on the catastrophic death of stars, "supernovae". By combining astronomical data sets from telescopes and satellites, I probe the eruptive, destructive, and explosive nature of supernovae and their role in the Universe. For more discussion of my research, check out the Supernova Forensics page. As a faculty member, I teach Astro100 ("Observational Astronomy") and Astro120 ("Stellar Physics") for undergraduate students and participate in Astro301hf ("Journal Club") for graduate students. Check out the Astronomy Courses page for more information. I also serve as on the Board of Freshman Advisors.
Awards: In 2013 I was awarded the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Young Scientist Prize. In 2012, I was selected as an Alfred P. Sloan fellow. In 2011, I received a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. In 2009 I was awarded the Annie Jump Cannon Prize by the American Astronomical Society for "outstanding research and promise for future research". In 2008 I was awarded the Dorothy Killam Prize (McGill University International Award) designed "to recognize women of influence in the science and humanities".
Prior to joining the Harvard Astronomy faculty, I was a NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University. I received a PhD in Astrophysics in 2007 from the California Institute of Technology for my thesis entitled, "The Many Facets of Cosmic Explosions" (available from Amazon here). In 2001, I received a M. Sc. in Applied Maths from the University of Cambridge through a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and hosted at Churchill College to complete Part III of the Math Tripos. I attended Bates College as an undergraduate and received a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics in 2000. Prior to college, I was fortunate to grow up on Cape Cod, MA; I spent summers studying water pollution affecting the brackish ponds at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.