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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!
A little bit late, but some pictures from the awesome 231st American Astronomical Society meeting. Had a great time meeting up with friends from past summer experiences, and exploring talks with my fellow Columbia BlueShift members. Also, the poster session was full of great questions and suggestions - I even (excitingly!!) got a Chambliss Honorable Mention!
Had a great time last week giving the undergraduate research prize lecture at the Astronomical Society of New York meeting! It's always fun to talk about direct imaging and Project 1640.
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!