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!

Comments on: "Allow me to introduce myself" (10)

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


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

    Looking forward to continuing to read.


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


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


  5. Thanks everyone!


  6. Yay!

    I love the photo and the new blog template!


  7. Congratulations on the big coming out reveal!


  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!!!!


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


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


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