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Emily Levesque

Emily Levesque is a professor of astronomy at the University of Washington. She received her BSc in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Science in 2006 and her PhD in astronomy from the University of Hawaii in 2010. From 2010 to 2015 she was an Einstein Fellow and Hubble Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2014 she was awarded the Annie Jump Cannon Prize by the American Astronomical Society, and in 2017 she was selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. Her primary research area is observational stellar astrophysics, with an emphasis on the explosive supernova deaths of massive stars. She has observed for upwards of 50 nights on almost all of the world’s largest optical telescopes, visiting more than a dozen leading observatories (including Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, the Very Large Array in New Mexico, Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii, and the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile). She has also been a principal investigator on the Hubble Space Telescope and has led research using data from the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum, as well as gravitational waves.