JD Voyek likes talking about science – often that talking is actually writing, and very occasionally it’s done with a graphics tablet that’s (currently) trying very hard not to collect dust. No matter the format, if she can use her STEM background to talk about science as represented in pop culture, she’s going to do it whether you like it or not.

JD has a BS in Astrophysics and worked some summers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and one at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (though it was still called the Anglo-Australian Observatory for her first week there). Then, she taught secondary math/science classes behind a door decorated with superhero free body diagrams. Then, she lived in Edinburgh for a year getting a Master’s and wrote a dissertation about Hollywood’s ideas of outer space. Now, she’s in debt to the US government. And freelancing.

Third author on a paper in the Astrophysical Journal, entitled Mid-infrared imaging of the bipolar planetary nebula M2-9 from SOFIA, JD has an Erdős number of 4, putting her on par with Carl Sagan and Danica McKeller (and beating Natalie Portman by 1).

JD took a cooking class during undergrad and won “best dessert” with a dish she had never made before. There was no prize.

JD Voyek hates talking about herself in the third person.