About

I am a Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Haverford College, PA, USA. I am also the Faculty Director of the Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center at Haverford. My office can be found in the Strawbridge Observatory by the Athletic fields on the Haverford Campus.

I am the Principle Investigator for Galaxy Zoo (formerly Project Scientist ~2010-2021) and a lot of my research time is spent combining classifications from this project with other data to study galaxy evolution. I have also been involved in several other related Zooniverse Projects, and I am a member of the Advisory Board for the REINFORCE project, which has EU funds to support involvement with citizen science.

I’m the Spokesperson for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey ( SDSS-IV 2014-2021) – for my science I’m most interested in data from the MaNGA survey part of SDSS-IV.  I’ve been a member of SDSS since 2008 (across SDSS-III and -IV).

I am the Co-Chair of the AAS Committee on Education (2021-2023), which I have been a member of since 2019. I have also served on the AAS Nominating Committee (2020-2022).

I am a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Radio Frequencies (CORF) and have also served as an expert on the US Delegation to the World Radio Communications (WRC) Working Party 7D (WP7D) for Radio Astronomy. I have also been on the NRAO/GBT User Committee Twice (2008-2012; 2021-2025).

Over my career, I’m grateful for funding from NSF (via the KNAC REU), a Google Faculty Research AwardSEPnetThe Leverhulme Trust, and The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation

You might be interested in reading my popular science books: “30s Universe” (co-authored with Charles Liu, and Sevil Salur) or “30s Space Travel” (co-authored with Charles Liu, and Allen Liu).

You can follow me on Twitter @KarenLMasters, or read my science related blog posts.

Short Biography (you may prefer to download my CV from my Official Haverford Profile)

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