I study the weather around black holes in our Galaxy. These are black holes which are more massive than the Sun, but they are small enough that they would fit comfortably in upstate New York; therefore, the "weather" around them can change unpredictably (just like the weather in New York does). My research involves observing this black hole weather with X-ray and infrared telescopes and trying to predict it with computer simulations.
As part of my NSF outreach project, I am developing Edplum, a website for teachers to share lesson plans, teaching tips and other classroom material with each other and build up curricula in a collaborative fashion. The goal of the website is to make teachers' lives easier by allowing them to see what other teachers are doing, as well as to improve the quality of instruction in classrooms around the world in a "teacher-centric" way.
The website is currently under development, and a prototype will be available soon. You can sign up at edplum.org if you would like to be notified when the website is launched, or contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you're interested in more information.
Here are some other outreach websites I've developed over the years:
- Ask an Astronomer, where you can ask us (Cornell astronomers) all those burning questions you've been storing up inside.
- The Graduate Student School Outreach Project at Cornell.
Here are some papers I have authored or coauthored:
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