Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. ~ Edsger Dijkstra

About Me

K. Azalee Bostroem

I am a graduate student in the Physics Department at University of California, Davis. I am currently working on projects to characterize the binary companion of Supernova 1993J, investigate the late time UV spectra of type IIn supernovae, and create uniform sample of low redshift type Ia supernovae in the infra-red.

In my spare time, I volunteer for the Software Carpentry Foundation as an instructor and topic maintainer. As an instructor I organize and teach programming skills to researchers to allow them to work more efficiently to create reproducible work. In the past year I’ve taught at the European Space Astronomy Centre, Stanford, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. I am currently organizing and teaching at a workshop at the American Astronomical Society Conference in January. As a maintainer of the Python lessons, help curate the novice and intermediate lessons.

Prior to returning to graduate school, I spent 5 years as a Senior Research and Instrument Analyst at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). At STScI, I coordinated the calibration pipeline development of the 2 spectrographs on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST): the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS).  I also monitored the decline in sensitivity of both the COS FUV and NUV detectors. I also worked on characterizing the massive stars R136 (the central starburst cluster of 30 Doradus).

In my remaining moments, I train for short course triathlons, take ballet classes, garden, and bake.


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