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hometown: Pleasant Valley, Iowa, United States
degree: Earth and Space Exploration Arizona State University
career: Red Hat Sys. Admin.
I've been a stargazer since I was old enough to look up. Being raised in semi-rural Iowa, my parents nurtured my interest in science and technology with a steady supply of books, electronics kits, and my trusty Texas Instruments home computer. My parents supported my endeavors, and also reinforced the fact I could grow up to be anything I wanted to be, except a truck driver, which is a story I'd have to share in person. While my "day job" is in the field of Information Technology, I've maintained my interest in astronomy and science. A few years back I decided to work on a college degree and enrolled in the Earth and Space Exploration program at ASU. Since starting on my journey from "backyard" to "professional" astronomer, I've become heavily involved in science outreach efforts. Some of the outreach efforts I'm involved in are: ASU Astronomy Club, and Yuri's Night. I also write for Universe Today, and my own blog, "Dear Astronomer". I also write quarterly articles for the Planetary Society blog, and have recently become a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. My reasoning for fitting outreach into my already crazy schedule is two-fold: First, I very much enjoy sharing my passion for space with others. I've heard people describe my enthusiasm as "infectious" and "motivational". Secondly, I am absolutely appalled at the lack of enthusiasm and support for science education in the U.S. A considerable amount of my outreach efforts are aimed at improving scientific literacy. Aside from my outreach efforts, I'm involved in several research projects at ASU. I'm about to have my first publication on Variable Stars (A survey of Be stars in the SMC). Additionally, I am getting started in what I hope to make my new career: Exoplanetary Science. I look forward to doing the best job I possibly can for the CosmoQuest Team. Ray