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Azalee Bostroem

Postdoctoral Scholar
Azalee Bostroem

Contact Information

PAB B356B

Biography

I am a DiRAC fellow at University of Washington where I am working on connecting supernovae to their massive star progenitors. In addition to understanding exploding stars, I am a strong proponent of open source development, tools, and open science. I believe science is better when we help each other succeed and passionately promote education and equity.​

My research focuses on characterizing the massive stars that explode a supernovae (Type II). I am specifically interested in how stars lose mass just before they explode and which stars explode as hydrogen-rich supernovae. I did my PhD work at UC Davis where I was a UC Presidents Pre-Professoriate Fellow at University of California, Davis.

In my spare time, I volunteer for the Carpentries as an instructor. As an instructor, I organize and teach programming skills to researchers to allow them to work more efficiently to create reproducible work. I currently organize the Software and Data Carpentry Workshop at the

Winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society. I am also the PI of a grant through the American Institute of Physics to develop Data Carpentry lessons for the astronomical community. Check out our new curriculum: Foundations of Astronomical Data Science

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 two 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 the COS and STIS FUV and NUV detectors. At STScI, I began my work characterizing massive stars with spectra of the most massive stars R136 (the central starburst cluster of 30 Doradus).

In my remaining moments, explore on my bike, paddle board, climb, garden, and bake.

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