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hometown: San Antonio, TX, United States
degree: Ph.D. Astronomy Penn State University
career: Assistant Professor
workplace: Department of Physics & Astronomy, Youngstown State University
Astronomy has been an endless source of curiosity, challenge, and humor for me. It is an enormous privilege to be an astronomer at this time, when amazing discoveries are being made on virtually a daily basis. As a scientist, I study galaxies and galaxy clusters, and how they change over cosmic time. One area that interests me a great deal is studying stars that are ejected from galaxies, and roam in the space between the galaxies. // While these scientific discoveries are going on, there is enormous uncertainty about whether astronomy and science in general will continue its steep path upward, or will stall out. Astronomy offers inspiration to both scientists and the general public because of its inherent attraction. As the astronomer Edwin Hubble once said about astronomy - "The search will continue. The urge is older than history. It is not satisfied and it will not be oppressed." // As a science educator, my mission is to help the search continue by showing others the science discoveries that we make together. I am especially interested in using planetariums, the Internet, and the new technologies of all-dome video to bring high quality science to as many people as possible.