"Goth Mrs. Frizzle"



Writing for Astrobites:

As of 2022, I've been inducted as a real, permanent member of Astrobites! Watch this space for links to articles I've written!

Astrobites writers take classic papers and new academic papers alike and report on the most important conclusions. The intent is to help non-experts and more general audiences digest the cutting edge of science!




Can't Help It!

Whether it's journal club, invited talks, research updates, or high school conversations, I love crafting immersive presentations. Over the years my themes have ranged from comic books to restaurant posters. I take inspiration from board games, psychedelic lava lamps, Lisa Frank school supplies, and one of my favorite books: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.


Current Favorite Hobby:

I absolutely love getting mail. Naturally, my favorite activity to participate in is Letters to a Pre-Scientist. For an entire year, I get loads of awesome drawings from a young pre-scientist, and they always get dibs on my sticker collection!

A close second place is Halloween-centric talks. For example, the recorded dirge I spoke at Astronomy on Tap State College for their Halloween Edition!


Books and Games:

My own interest in astronomy stemmed from wandering through gorgeous textbooks. It has been my immense privilege in recent years to edit several chapters of the textbook At Play in the Cosmos, by Adam Frank. (Which also comes with its own videogame!!!)



Why the Name?

My students in the past have laughingly referred to me as a "goth Ms. Frizzle," captivating the dark whimsy of the classroom.