Hello! My name is Alyssa, and I have been blogging here for almost a year. Here I am at the top of Machu Picchu (yes, I am awfully proud of that):

I just finished my PhD (July, 2009), which focused on searching for objects called main-belt comets (objects that are in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, but display cometary activity), and studying gas and dust production from active comets. I am currently working as a post-doc with my PhD supervisor, and will be continuing my work on main-belt comets, as well as helping with other projects.

During my graduate career I was also very involved in science outreach. I was the coordinator of the Let’s Talk Science Partnership Program for six years. I also developed and coordinated a new astronomy outreach program called Exploring the Stars.

Right now I’m trying to decide what career path I will take. I’m very interested in continuing in science/astronomy outreach, but am also keen to delve into teaching, technical writing, and/or science education research.

Besides work, I enjoy a wide variety of hobbies. One of my favorite things to do is read, and I’ve made a concerted effort to fit it into my schedule the past couple of years. I have also taken up knitting this year and absolutely love it. Other stuff I like to do is golf, play soccer (football), go to the gym, travel when I can, nap, bake, and probably spend too much time in front of the TV or on the internet. I also like to collect jewelry, especially rings.

I have a wonderful husband (who I will still refer to as DH), and we have been married for almost a year. We have two cats (Isaac and Isabella), and currently live in London, Ontario. DH is currently looking for a new job, so we are not sure when/if we will move or where. We are hoping to start a family in the near future, and do other grown-up stuff like buying a house and filling it with non-student furniture.

When I started this blog I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about. But, after reading some (now favorite) science blogs (see the lists to the right) and becoming part of the community, I feel I have found my voice in sharing the highs and lows of graduate school (and now post-doc life). At first I wanted to blog pseudonymously, but after about a year I have decided to out myself and write under my own name. This blog will continue to evolve as my life does – the format, background, title, or topics may change, but I assure you the person will not (much!).

Welcome to the new blog. I hope it’s as enjoyable for you to read as it is for me to write!
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Comments on: "Allow me to introduce myself" (10)

  1. Glad you were able to finally blog under your real name 🙂

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  2. Nice to meet you, Alyssa!! You should be proud of that picture.

    Looking forward to continuing to read.

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  3. A pleasure to “meet” you, again! You have a beautiful smile.

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  4. Very nice, I love the new layout and title!

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  5. Thanks everyone!

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  6. Yay!

    I love the photo and the new blog template!

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  7. Congratulations on the big coming out reveal!

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  8. wow, that was fun! Like the colours of the blog (how lame of a statement is that… ah well).

    Look forward seeing more of Alyssa's posts 🙂 Glad to see your coming out! and I am envious about that Machu Pichu hike. I want to go too!!!!

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  9. Love the picture! Hope to get to MP myself in the next several years.

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  10. Hey there! Love what you've done with the blog, Alyssa! Looking forward to reading more from you 🙂

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