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Pamela Gay

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Senior Education and Communication Specialist and Senior Scientist

Currently resides in Edwardsville, IL
plg [at] psi.edu
Areas of Expertise
| OSIRIS-REx | Education/Public Outreach, Photometry

Research Interests

Citizen Science Interfaces & Pipelines
Photometry, Lightcurves
Big Data + Machine Learning
SciComm / SciComm Research

Professional History

Education

     2002           Ph.D. Astronomy, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

     1998           M.A. Astronomy, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

     1996           B.S. Astrophysics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Appointments

2018 –               Senior Education and Communication Specialist and Senior Scientist

2017 –  2018     Director of Technology & Citizen Science, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Francisco, California

2010 – 2016      Assistant Research Professor, The STEM Center

2007 – 2010      Assistant Research Professor, Department of Physics

2006 – 2007      Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

2008 – 2016      Executive Director, Astrosphere New Media Association, Edwardsville, Illinois

2003 – 2006      Instructional Laboratory Associate, The Science Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2002 – 2003      Assistant Editor, Astronomy Magazine, Kalmbach Publishing, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Honors and Awards

     2018           Podcasters Hall of Fame Inductee, Academy of Podcasters

2018, 2015       Communicator Award, for 365 Days of Astronomy in the category, “Productions – Podcast” Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts

     2016           Nominee, Online Radio Awards, for Astronomy Cast, in the category, “Best Online Talk Show – Science & Technology”

     2012           Outstanding Science Educator of the Year, St. Louis Academy of Sciences

     2012           Researcher of the of Year, SIUE Chapter of Sigma Xi

2007 – 2009, 2011 – 2012, 2015 – 2018      Finalist, Parsec Award, for Astronomy Cast in the category, “Best Fact behind the Fiction”

2010 – 2012      Finalist, Parsec Award, for 365 Days of Astronomy in the category, “Best Fact behind the Fiction”

     2009           Parsec Award, for 365 Days of Astronomy, in the category, “Best Infotainment”

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