I am a firm believer that it is the mandate of a scientist to share their knowledge with others. Below list a few attempts at doing this through a variety of methods.

Mentoring

As a first year postdoc at the CfA I mentored a summer student through the LSAMP program, involving the Smithsonian Latino Initiative, and am currently mentoring a few students through the Banneker and Aztlan Institutes at the CfA.

Educational Materials

The majority of my educational materials developement has been centered around developing AstroBlend a Python library for use in Blender as a means for scientists to visualize their large, three dimensional datasets as well as facilitate collaborations with 3D artists.

In addition, I've got 2 weeks of materials for an inquiry-based course of computational astrophysics and data visualization right here. This was done over the summer of 2016 within the Banneker and Aztlan Institutes at the CfA.

Also check out the website for tutorials and educational materials. I also occasionally do workshops on sewable circuits. More information about this can be found at the AV Riot website.

Students

As a graduate student at University California, Santa Cruz, I had to opportunity to work with several outstanding students. Many of them are currently in graduate school and doing amazing things! Check them out: Melinda Soares-Furtado, Andrea Derdzinski, and Ricardo Fernandez.

Past Projects

Mentorship

  • I was a mentor with the Lamat program for the past several years. This program partners a UCSC graduate student with a summer student from Hartnell Community College. Learn more about this program here.

Education

  • In the summer of 2014 I was a co-instructor of the LAMAT Python Bootcamp. I taught the afternoon sessions which were largely inquiry based activities mirroring real scientific methods.
  • In the summer of 2011 I was a co-developer and teacher of a short course for art and physics students collaborating through the OpenLab project and the CfAO's Program for Professional Development Program, or PDP. The course taught coding and visualization techniques to a mixed group of art and physics undergraduates who then worked together to convey a physical concept in an informative and visually appealing way. The link to a more detailed description and videos of their projects will be on the OpenLab website in the next few weeks.
  • As a graduate student I also was an instructor in Professor Mark Krumholz's Program for Inmate Education, PIE, for several years. Through this program, I had the opportunity to teach several Algebra classes to the inmates in the Santa Cruz County jail.