Welcome to my site

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The astronomer in her natural habitat. (Look closely–there’s a telescope behind me.)

BIG NEWS: I wrote a book! Sky Gazing: a Guide to the Moon, Sun, Planets, Stars, Eclipses, and Constellations will be published by Storey Publishing in September, 2020. You can pre-order it from Amazon or IndieBound.

I’m an astronomy lab instructor at Smith College, a women’s college in western Massachusetts. During the summer, I’m the academic director of Smith’s Summer Science & Engineering Program for high school girls. I’m interested in science education and outreach and an advocate for women and underrepresented minorities in science.WhiteQuote

I started out writing for magazines like MUSE and ASK and HIGHLIGHTS. Despite (or maybe because of?) my astronomy training, I am a science omnivore. I love all things science, and I love explaining it in terms that kids can understand. In addition to astronomy, I’ve written about wastewater treatment (my personal obsession), the teen brain, coral reef critters, and chemotherapy, with some current events and science humor thrown in for variety. Check out my list of publications and my posts about them.

If you’re interested in writing about science for kids, check out the links and advice in the Resources section. In the coming months, I’ll also have links for kids, parents, and teachers who are interested in science. (Okay, mostly astronomy.)