Teaching & Outreach

I’ve been very fortunate to take part in a wide variety of outreach and teaching activities, all of which have enriched my life in so many ways.  At the moment, I am an outreach and communications consultant for several university departments and projects, including Caltech’s IQIM, the Keck Institute for Space Studies, and LIGO.

In 2011, I produced The PHD Movie, a live-action adaptation featuring the PHD Comics characters and filmed entirely at Caltech.

I am a co-founder of PHD TV, an offshoot of PHD Comics (a webcomic by Jorge Cham about life – or the lack thereof – in grad school) that produces short web videos on science and academia. I have served as the Director of Programming and a series producer, as well as an animator and narrator.

This year I coordinated and taught several classes and workshops for the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA), including an all-day “Genius Day” workshop focusing on astronomer Annie Jump Cannon and an astronomy course (co-taught with Dr. Tony Travouillon).


As a graduate student at Caltech, I served as a teaching assistant for several courses in planetary science, including:  Introduction to Planetary Science, Planetary Surfaces, and Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems.

Outside of the classroom, I’ve been very involved in student theater at Caltech as a production coordinator, director, and workshop instructor.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve found Twitter to be a particularly effective means of engaging a wide and interested audience.  In addition to maintaining my personal account, I’ve been very privileged to guest host two popular science- and humanities-themed rotation-curation accounts, @realscientists and @wethehumanities.

As the Tolman/Bacher House Curator for the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS), I coordinated displays and an online exhibit to showcase the history of one of Caltech’s oldest buildings.  Here’s a brief introduction to the house and its onetime residents: