I am advising Kyle Kim (UCSC Undergraduate Class of 2019) on his research project, “X-ray diffraction analysis of meteorite powders before and after outgassing experiments.” Kyle is analyzing the meteorite powders before and after I perform my outgassing experiments to help us understand the effects of outgassing on the mineralogy of our samples. It has been a blast having the opportunity to advise Kyle on this project! Stay-tuned for more information about the exciting results from this project!
In May 2019, I spoke at Astronomy on Tap-South Bay. Astronomy on Tap (AoT) is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing astronomy enthusiasts of all backgrounds together in a casual environment to talk science! I spoke about what super-Earth exoplanets are, how scientists model their atmospheres and how we can use experiments with meteorites to help inform these planets’ atmospheric compositions. I had a great time getting to chat with the attendees about exoplanets and meteorites!
On April 22, I, along with many of my colleagues at Carnegie, participated in the March for Science, a global event in which people from cities all over the world marched in support of the importance of funding and communicating science. We began the day early, enjoying breakfast and making posters at the Carnegie Institution for Science's headquarters on P Street. We then walked down to the Washington Monument to participate in a rally that championed the invaluable role science plays in our day-to-day lives. Despite the rainy weather, we had a great time joining thousands of fellow marchers in support of science!