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Meet Your CSWA, Kathleen Eckert

18 Dec 2019, 20:00 UTC
Meet Your CSWA, Kathleen Eckert
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Kathleen Eckert is a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania working on galaxy shape measurement algorithms for large imaging surveys to better understand our universe. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a goal of understanding the masses of galaxies in terms of their stars, gas, and dark matter for the RESOLVE survey. She currently lives in Richmond, VA (working remotely) with her husband, twin toddler girls, and a toddler-wary cat. Describe the first time you made a personal connection with the planets and stars.When I was in third grade, I did a project about lunar eclipses for science class. I usually wasn’t very enthused about putting together art projects for school, like dioramas, but I remember planning and assembling a series of paper plates to show how eclipses work. At that point science was my favorite subject, which never really changed throughout school.Who inspired you? I was inspired from a young age by my mom and grandfather. Both of them excelled in math and encouraged me to study math and science, even when I struggled at times. I know I was really fortunate to have family members who gave me that encouragement, ...

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