LVAAS General Meeting
Sunday June 13, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (via Zoom)
Finding My Place in the Universe
Here's the story of the professional life of an astronomer whose scientific interests range from the origins of life to the structure of the universe, across orders of magnitude of size and distance in time and space, and whose main contributions have been tools to help other astronomers and astrophysicists understand their data.
Jessica Mink has been a positional astronomer and developer of astronomical tools, data pipelines, and archives at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for over 30 years, working with data from ground-based (and one space-based) telescopes. Between her MIT BS and MS degrees and this job, she was involved in solar system optical spectroscopy, high-speed occultation photometry, and the geometrical astronomy and catalog development needed to predict the occultations she observed with her colleagues. Her life story is complicated by the fact that she has spent the last decade of her life in a different gender than she spent the first six decades.