I am a fourth year graduate student studying astronomy at Indiana University. I'm currently working with Dr. Katherine Rhode on finding optical counterparts to ultracompact high-velocity clouds, nearby HI sources detected through the ALFALFA survey. By searching for possible stellar overdensities in images from the WIYN 3.5m telescope, we hope to set limits on how small a dwarf galaxy could be. In addition, I am studying two recently discovered satellites of M31, Cassiopeia III and Perseus I, to investigate their stellar populations and structural properties.
Astronomy PhD (Anticipated), 2021
Astronomy MA, 2019
Astronomy BS, 2016
Case Western Reserve University
"The Impact of Assembly Bias on the Galaxy Content of Dark Matter Halos"
Zehavi, I., Contreras, S., Padilla, N., Smith, N.J., Baugh, C.M., Norberg, P. 2018, ApJ, 853, 1
"Off the baryonic Tully-Fisher relation: a population of baryon-dominated ultra-diffuse galaxies"
Mancera Piña, P.E., Fraternali, F., Adams, E.A.K., and 17 co-authors 2019, AJL, 883, L33
Instructor of Record for A105: Stars and Galaxies
Indiana University: Fall 2018
I taught an in-person, introductory astronomy course with an enrollment of 26 students. I was solely responsible for creating the syllabus, assignments and exams, and lecturing twice a week. The course is focused on giving students a basic approach to the science of astronomy, including topics such as gravity, the nature of light, the Sun, the properties of stars, galaxies, and cosmology.
Instructor of Record for A107: Art of Astronomy
Indiana University: June-July 2018
I co-taught an online, intro class with an enrollment of 56 students. The Art of Astronomy (A107) is a course designed to engage students with the beauty and science contained within popular astronomical images. The course utilizes activities including labs with Adobe Photoshop and Stellarium software and a final project designed to allow students to create their own images to convey astronomical information. I helped write quizzes and the syllabus for the course as well as maintained student engagement with anouncements and virtual office hours.
Indiana University: Various Semesters
Assisted instructors of various introductory courses. Duties included proctoring exams, running small lab activities, leading study sessions, and grading. Courses included the Solar System (A100), Stars and Galaxies (A105), and the Art of Astronomy (A107).