Interested in finding the best “space-y” fashion out there? Then look no further than STARtorialist, a blog self-described as where science meets fashion and scientists get fabulous! The site is the creation of two professional astronomers Emily Rice and Summer Ash.
Dr. Emily Rice has earned degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and UCLA, where in 2009 she was awarded a Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics. For her post-doctoral research she worked alongside Rebecca Oppenheimer for two years at the American Museum of Natural History. Her work at the AMNH has continued as she is currently a research associate at the museum and her research focus is on the astrophysical properties of the lowest mass stars, brown dwarfs and gas giants around nearby stars. To study the physical properties of these gas giants she uses observational and synthetic spectroscopy, which is the study of the interaction of matter and electromagnetic radiation. Rice is also an assistant professor of astronomy and physics at the College of Staten Island (City University of New York) where her focus is mainly on teaching introductory astronomy classes.
As part of her work with brown dwarfs she is a founding member of the Brown Dwarf – New York City collaboration, which is a local research group focused in these objects which are too large to be planets but too small to be stars. Her interest is in how the atmospheric properties affect the spectra of these objects.
She is a co-author of Astronomy Labs: A Concept Oriented Approach a lab manual for introductory astronomy as well as more than twenty scientific papers. As part of her commitment to bringing science to the public she has been a content advisor for Science Bulletins from the AMNH, created content for the iPhone App Cosmic Discoveries and gives presentations at the Hayden Planetarium. And if you are in New York City you might just find her alter ego, DJ Carly Sagan, hosting an Astronomy on Tap event designed to bring science to the masses in an accessible and engaging way.
Written by Angela Goad
Edit: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Rice’s alma mater. We apologize for the error.