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My primary research interest is in the formation and evolution of massive stars and massive star clusters throughout the universe. A theme in much of my recent work has been exploring the connections between massive star formation in the Milky Way, local universe, and more extreme environments typical in starburst galaxies and the earlier universe. In order to probe many stages of massive star evolution, my research has spanned the full range in wavelengths, including the radio, millimeter, near- and mid-infrared (IR), visible, and ultra-violet.
I believe one of the most effective ways we can improve science literacy is to train scientists how to teach. In our enthusiasm to interact with the public and improve undergraduate courses, many astronomers find themselves "reinventing the wheel" in astronomy education. There are many fundamental principles in education with which scientists should be familiar before entering the classroom or engaging the public. In order to provide a grounding in important and useful principles in science education, I have developed a pedagogy course for TAs and future faculty. To this end, I also run TA training and workshops on various topics.