Here’s the profile of Dr. Breanna Binder, former grad student and current post doc at the University of Washington, Seattle!
Who are you and where are you from?
I’m Breanna Binder, a postdoc in the astronomy department and physics lecturer over at UW Bothell. I grew up near Los Angeles, CA, and went to college at UC San Diego.
How did you become interested in Astronomy?
When I was in middle school I complained about being bored in science class. My dad bought me “Cosmos” by Carl Sagan – I read it and was hooked!
If you’re an astronomer (grad student/faculty), what do you study?
I study high mass X-ray binaries: massive, evolved binary star systems (massive stars that are born with a sibling), usually composed of a normal star and a neutron star or black hole.
What’s the coolest thing (not literal) in the Universe?
That we know as much about it as we do! More specifically, I have always thought black holes are the coolest.
What’s the coolest thing outside of your field?
Human evolution. I took several biological anthropology classes in college and even considered changing majors a few times.
What’s your favorite non-astronomy hobby?
Running and cooking
Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
I love dogs! My best friend is my Labrador/Brittany mix named Sadie.