Hello all! My name is Kimberly Cartier (née Star) and I am a current Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the Pennsylvania State University. I currently have a Bachelors of Science in Astronomy and a Masters of Science in Astronomy and Astrophysics.
My main research interest is extra-solar planets, and also focus my efforts on communication, public speaking, teaching, and public outreach. On this website you’ll find information about my current and past research projects, my teaching and outreach experience, and an astronomy blog that’s updated intermittently.
My blog is focused on explaining current and popular astronomy at a popular level. Everything from black holes and the universe to extra-solar planets and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. I also include special topics, like how (and why) to apply to grad school, how to communicate effectively at conferences, mentoring/teaching, and other meta-astronomy topics. If there’s a topic you want me to write about, send me a message!
Thanks for tuning in!
On the Road to a PhD Blog Series
Read about my thoughts and experiences as I begin the final race towards my PhD which will hopefully be finished up this semester. The complete list of blog entries can be found here: On the Road to a PhD Blog Series
Multimedia Astronomy Communications Poster
Update January 6, 2017
Click here to download and find out more about my poster on Multimedia Astronomy Communications, presented at AAS229 and which comprises part of my doctoral dissertation.
Update September 19th, 2016
This site will be updated intermittently as I work towards shifting to a new website platform. Once that effort is complete, this URL will redirect towards the new site.
Headshot Credit: Drew Frank, Meadow Lane Photography