CV - Public outreach activity - Research Interests
I am an observational astronomer with over twenty years of active research experience, carried out alongside – and later eclipsed by – a growing role in the public communication of science. This was recognised by my appointment as the Professor of Astronomy for Gresham College 2011 - 2015. I am the Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy, where I run an active public outreach programme; I am also a College Lecturer, Fellow and Tutor at Emmanuel College. I have many years of practical experience of explaining a large range of astronomical concepts and news to a wide variety of (mostly live) audiences – this includes not just the creation and delivery of lectures and presentations, but also participating in much more informal and interactive discussions. I also enjoy discussing astronomical matters on both national and local radio.
A CV is available.
You can also listen (c/o the BBC iPlayer) to my appearances on the BBC Radio 4 Programme In Our Time, discussing: The Kuiper Belt (2017); Saturn (2016); dark matter (2015); the Sun (2014); cosmic rays (2013); exoplanets (2013); the Moon (2011); the age of the Universe (2011); the cool Universe (2010); gravitational waves (2007); galaxies (2006); asteroids (2005); dark energy (2005); the planets (2004).
During the six years 2006-2014 I have delivered a total of 690 presentations to a total audience of over 52,000 people.
Specifically, here are the details of all the Outreach & Educational talks I have given in : 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006
and my media activity in : 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006
|| I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of the UKRC's 2009 Outstanding Women of Achievement for "Communication of SET with a contribution to society" |
I am the honorary President of the Letchworth & District Astronomical Society.
My research career involved studying the properties and immediate environment of the most massive central galaxies in the Universe - those lying at the core of rich clusters of galaxies.
I have an h-number of 42 (as of Aug 2015).
Full research publications list or just those publications from the last five years of my research career.
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