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ASP2018 Plenary Speaker

M. Katy Rodriquez Wimberly
M. Katy Rodriguez Wimberly
University of California,
Irvine

M. Katy Rodriguez Wimberly

M. Katy Rodriguez Wimberly is a graduate student at University of California, Irvine (UCI) in their Physics & Astronomy Department. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and the first Junior Board Fellow of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree, with a math minor, from California State University, Long Beach in May 2015.

At UCI she is working with Prof. Michael Cooper on galaxy evolution research, which studies the coming together of satellite galaxies onto massive clusters of galaxies by comparing large cosmological simulations to observational data. Katy’s research interests lie in galaxy evolution and observational cosmology.

Additionally, she loves and conducts astronomy outreach with underrepresented minorities, focusing primarily on K-12 Special Needs students (including children on the Autism Spectrum and those with Down Syndrome.)