GRADUATE STUDENT IN
So, today some of my earrings are officially available on Startorialist's new online shop https://shop.startorialist.com/! This is so exciting, and bonus: I've been working on a project with them I'm really excited about, launching soon. They also wrote up a super kind blog post about me, which you can find here: https://shop.startorialist.com/blogs/news/wcw-with-briley-lewis
ComSciCon's first ever virtual flagship went great!! I really enjoyed being a part of the Organizing Committee and seeing how this conference comes to life, and hosting a workshop on zine-making in #scicomm was so much fun with this great group of attendees.
As of last week, I've officially finished and passed my comprehensive exams, meaning I've got my master's degree now!
So excited that my first 1st author paper is up on the arXiv! You can take a look at it here: https://arxiv.org/abs/1912.02333 or read a Twitter thread explaining the results here: https://twitter.com/briles_34/status/1203021129616461824!
This month I got to go to the ComSciCon Flagship workshop at UCSD - so many great #comsciconnections were made, including finally getting to meet some of my fellow Astrobites authors. Really excited to have gotten to spend a few days learning all about how to be a better science communicator!
This week, I had the opportunity to share my science with a great crowd over at IPAC in Pasadena. As always, it's so fun to talk about Pluto, and it was great to meet so many awesome scientists! Thanks so much for having me!
AAS 233 was full of friendship, collaboration, science, learning, space fashion, and so much! I had a great time presenting my poster on my work with New Horizons ("Distribution and Energy of Pluto's Nitrogen Ice, as seen by New Horizons in 2015"). We even had the first (of hopefully more?) "Astro on Craft" meetings.
I am also so grateful for the welcoming community of astronomers (especially from my home @Columbia), and also for all the wonderful people I got to reconnect with - and, I can't forget to thank all the lovely people who bought some of my earrings at Startorialist! It made my heart so warm to catch people walking around the conference in things I had made.
Here's to (hopefully) next year's AAS winter meeting in Hawaii!
Are you going to AAS next week?? If so, be sure to stop by and say hi! I'll be bringing my work, both creative and research, to Seattle - come see some new earrings I just made at the Startorialist booth in the exhibit hall, and/or visit my research poster (#255.12) on Pluto's nitrogen ices in The Solar System poster session on Tuesday evening. If you're applying to (or thinking about applying to) grad school, too, come visit the UCLA booth at Sunday night's grad school fair.
Zine fest today was a success! Big thank you to everyone who came out to peruse and support the local artists (myself included), and also to everyone who bought from my table. Definitely feeling super inspired and ready to create more!
(p.s. if you couldn't make it or if you want more space craft goodies, check out my etsy shop! also, to subscribe to future updates, either use the RSS feed on this blog, or follow me on twitter!)
Briley is a graduate student in astronomy & astrophysics at UCLA. She is also a runner, writer, crafter, and zine-maker. Check back here for updates on her work and adventures!