Valerie recently completed her Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her research focused on how planets form in disks around nearby young stars. During graduate school, Valerie was the president of the Rochester Academy of Sciences Astronomy Chapter, ran star shows at the Strasenburgh Planetarium, and participated in astronomy outreach in Rochester, NY.
Valerie is now the Outreach Astronomer for the Dudley Observatory in Schenectady, NY. You can find more info on the historic Dudley Observatory at DudleyObservatory.org
When she is not studying the stars, Valerie enjoys cooking, gardening, and attending hockey games and demolition derbies.
Valerie in the News
Check out the October 2015 issue of Astronomy Magazine for an article on Valerie's outreach endeavours
RIT Astrophysics Students Explore the Solar System at the Harley School Valerie at the RIT Graduate Research Symposium
Sunrise atop Kitt Peak, AZ. The McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope can be seen on the left.