I am a Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-Intensive Astrophysics (VIDA) Postdoctoral Scholar at Vanderbilt University and a Co-Investigator for the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) research network at Arizona State University. I study chemical elements in stars near to the Sun and how those elements reflect astrophysical phenomena, such as the presence of orbiting planets. I put together a catalog of stellar element abundances, called the Hypatia Catalog, to better understand the chemical interplay between stars and their planets.
Far back in the mists of ancient time, in the great and glorious days of the former Galactic Empire, life was wild, rich and largely tax free. Mighty starships plied their way between exotic suns, seeking adventure and reward among the furthest reaches of Galactic space. In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri. And all dared to brave unknown terrors, to do mighty deeds, to boldly split infinitives that no man had split before--and thus was the Empire forged.
...In these enlightened days, of course, no one believes a word of it. -- Douglas Adams