New Year’s Eve and Looking Back at 2018

It’s December 31, 2018, and time to reflect on the year that has passed. I won’t be able to mention everything and everyone but here are just a few notes.

Berkeley grad student Jason Wang completed his Ph.D. thesis and went on to a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship at Caltech. Postdoc Tom Esposito published his study of the HD 35841 debris disk and started working tirelessly on a paper that encompasses all of the debris disk work conducted with GPI for the past five years. Postdoc Megan Ansdell published several high-impact papers and her outstanding work was recognized with an award from the IAU. Former Berkeley postdoc Rob De Rosa transitioned to Stanford, but continued working with me and discovered a very important property of the HD 106906 planetary system to be published in early 2019.

As for myself, some highlights of 2018 include publishing my book The Oneironauts ( in June with enthusiastic reader reviews, succeeding with a 40-orbit Hubble program to closely study the properties of 10 debris disks, being elected to membership in the Sigma Xi honor society for scientists and engineers, and beginning a brand new project to teach astronomy to the blind and visually impaired.

I hope everyone enjoys success and happiness for 2019!

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