BS, Western Washington University (2002) MS, San Diego State University (2005) PhD, Washington State University (2011)
My past research focused on photometric studies of incredibly old and dense star clusters, called globular clusters. These systems can be found haloing almost every galaxy in the universe. I study globular cluster systems to assist a better understanding of galaxy formation. I am just starting in the field of education research. I focus on science communication and how science students and faculty create communities. Each of these topics examines the scientist stereotype and who is seen as an authority in science. My goal is to study ways to effectively communicate scientific research in a way that is more inviting and empathetic.
I am passionate about supporting and recruiting a diverse student body. I hope to make the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) more welcoming and inclusive. As the STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist, a new position I created for the College of Science and Engineering (CSE), I work to cultivate and maintain partnerships with the student body, the faculty (in CSE & other colleges) and to utilize the networks inside and outside WWU to increase a sense of belonging in the STEM fields. I am also the host of Spark Science which is a multimedia show and podcast with the goal to share science narratives.