About Me

Hi, my name is Jim! I like to tell stories and ask questions.


Speaking at Thinking with your Eyes (2014)
I am a PhD candidate in Astronomy at the University of Washington. I have also previously studied Astronomy at SDSU, and worked at APO. In the summer of 2013 I was an intern with Microsoft Research.

Shameless plug: I'll be on the job market next year (2015). Let me know if you're interested in working together on something! Here is my CV.


My research interests are broad, and include open clustersbinary starsstellar activity on low-mass stars, stellar populations, and next generation time-domain and wide-field surveys. I have also dabbled in topics such as gender equality in science, visualization and data science, and studying tweets. For a more complete picture of my research, check out my academic website!

This blog is my outlet to explore fun new data (i.e. not necessarily astronomy related), visualizations, and to ask ridiculous questions. I welcome suggestions, feedback, or advice in the comments below each post. I also am interested in forming new and interesting collaborations with people!

I try to give citations/references where available. If you feel I have misrepresented your work/data, please drop me a line and I will rectify it immediately! I collect a small amount of user data in the form of Google Analytics on the site, but only for my own information.

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