Associate Director of Community Outreach
Patrick Young is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in the lives and deaths of stars and their effects on their environments, from synthesis of the chemical elements to planetary habitability. His current research touches on computational hydrodynamics simulations of stellar interiors, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts and the synthesis and ejection of elements by nuclear fusion in stars and stellar explosions. He also models the evolution of stars and how their radiation, winds, and stellar activity may affect the habitability of nearby planets.
Associate Director for an Inclusive Community
Christy Till is a geologist who teaches classes and leads a multidisciplinary research program on the role of magma in the formation and evolution of planets, known as the E.P.I.C. lab. E.P.I.C. lab research includes determining the timescales and triggers for eruptions at active volcanoes in the US, growing minerals and magma in high pressure and temperature laboratory experiments, and studying the likely compositions of magma and crusts on exoplanets. Dr. Till also has deep interests in working for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in academic science and improving science communication.