I am a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and an Associate Dean in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. I teach introductory physics and graduate astrophysics. My research specialty is nearby galaxies. I study their dust emission, how they form stars and the properties of their stellar clusters, what distinguishes star-forming galaxies from AGN-powered systems, and all facets of their interstellar media. Outside of formal teaching and research, I visit K-12 classrooms, direct the campus planetarium, run an NSF-funded undergraduate internship program, lead a week-long summer astronomy camp for middleschoolers, and coach UW's women's hockey team.

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