HI, I’M HILLARY.
Astrophysicist-in-Training at MIT | Science Communicator
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At the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, I work in Professor Anna Frebel’s lab to study how ultra-faint dwarf galaxies form. They are the oldest and faintest galaxies in the cosmos—“cosmic fossils” giving us clues about what the early universe looked like.
To uncover how they formed, I use data from the Caterpillar computer simulations.
Students learn about physics as a set of objective facts and laws of nature. Hidden from them is the complex journey of curiosity, creativity, struggle, serendipity, and collaboration undertaken by our scientists.
With Elizabeth Cavicchi (MIT Edgerton Center), I seek teaching methods that put the human experience back into the physics classroom. We seek pedagogies that incorporate the history, philosophy, and sociology (HPS) of physics into physics teaching.
As an astrophysicist-in-training who feels deeply inspired by the cosmos, I want to share the excitement of science. At the same time, as a survivor of Supertyphoon Haiyan and witness of the COVID-19 pandemic—cases where better science communication could have saved thousands of lives—I also want to share the life-saving value of science.
I do this through engaging public talks and webinars, social media posts, videos, and visual designs. So far, my work has reached 8M views and I have spoken at 50+ public talks.
If you’re here, you’re likely coming from my latest YouTube video (embedded above). As you might have understood from that video, I prepared scripts for two long videos on how you can make a winning...
Last September 2015, LIGO had its first detection of gravitational waves from a pair of colliding black holes. As soon as the news broke, everyone was sharing the hype and elation of the LIGO...
If you’re one of my Facebook friends or if we share at least 20 mutuals, you’ve probably seen one of my ardent (and shameless) calls to like and share my entry to the 2016 Breakthrough Junior...