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!
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It's summer, and you know what that means?? Time to work on my creative projects + hobbies! I've been working on lots of new things, including celestial earrings and my first zines. Shown here are moon earrings (modeled by my lovely lunar astronomer friend Chiara) and Enceladus (modeled by yet another cool astronomer friend, Miriam) - there's also a sneak peek of my zine, Femme in STEM! Check it all out on my Etsy shop.
Last week, I got to visit Canada for the first time to attend the 2018 Dunlap Institute summer school for astronomical instrumentation at University of Toronto. I learned about everything from radio interferometry to the nitty gritty details of how CCDs work, and met a bunch of great people along the way. HIGHLY recommend this program to anyone interested in doing instrumentation!!
After my public talk at Columbia in April, someone from the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York came up to ask me some questions - and this turned into a lovely piece written by the AAA's Stanley Fertig! Thanks so much for the wonderful article, which can be found here in the AAA's Journal, Eyepiece.
This Friday, 4/20/18, I'll be giving the public outreach lecture at Columbia University's Pupin Hall. Come out for a fun night of observing (weather permitting) and to learn about NASA's New Horizons mission, and what it taught us about Pluto.
BlueShift (Columbia's undergrad astronomy club) puts on an event each year called "Arts & Astro" to bring together the humanities and astronomy in one day full of artwork, research posters, performances, and scientific talks. Last Friday was our second annual Arts & Astro, and it was even bigger and better than last year!
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!