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I am currently a Project Assistant Professor (NAOJ Fellow) at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, working for NAOJ Chile and based at the Joint ALMA Observatory in Santiago, Chile.

Prior to moving to Chile (with a two-month stopover at NAOJ HQ in Tokyo), I worked for three years as a Jansky Fellow of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

From 2008 until 2014 I was a graduate student in the Astronomy Department at the University of California, Berkeley. While living in the beautiful Bay Area I enjoyed motorcycling and skiing, bluegrass and jazz, Kung Fu and kickboxing, and especially Indian food. My co-blogger Yogi and I succeeded in an epic, two-year quest to review all 30+ Indian restaurants in Berkeley on our blog, Masala Chaat—a quest that we continued back on the East Coast from 2014–2017, during which time we dined at all of the Indian restaurants in both Cambridge and Somerville, Mass.

And now going back to the beginning: I grew up in Penn Yan (short for “Pennsylvania Yankees”), a small town in the Finger Lakes region of Western New York, known for its eleven picturesque lakes, rolling hills, and exquisite white wines (try the Riesling!).

In 1998, I left home to attend Woodberry Forest, an all-male boarding high school school in central Virginia. From there I went on to the University of Virginia, where I majored in physics and minored in Spanish. I also tutored athletes in Calculus; performed in musicals with the First Year Players; and sang a cappella with the New Dominions, classical opuses with the University Singers, and jazz with the UVa Jazz Ensemble and a number of smaller combos.

After college, I taught for two years, both at Woodberry Forest and at the Yinhatil Nab'en (“Seeds of Knowledge”) school in the rural Mayan town of San Mateo Ixtatán, Huehuetenango, Guatemala (here is the blog I kept), after which, in 2008, I moved out west and began my astronomical studies at UC Berkeley.