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!
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.
Update January 6th, 2016
The blog post on “Best Practices for Effective Poster Design”, a meta-poster being presented at the AAS227 meeting, contains more information about the poster, references and sources for the poster content, and suggestions about how to make this poster better. This post will be updated with additional ideas and comments collected from conversations at my poster after the poster session is complete. Feel free to download a copy of the poster for yourself, and distribute it to your colleagues and students!
Headshot Credit: Drew Frank, Meadow Lane Photography