Looking at the evolution of galaxies
When she was a very little girl, Miranda Barnett liked to pick out constellations in the night sky.
It was a favorite way to pass time with her dad, who taught her how to identify them. “The first job I ever remember wanting to have was discovering more constellations,” Miranda says. By the age of 10, she had a telescope, several astronomy books, and solid devotion to the study of the celestial world.
As an undergraduate who majored in physics and astronomy at Indiana University Bloomington, Miranda found herself looking at stars in a much larger context: 48 neighboring galaxies, to be specific. With her faculty research mentor Professor Liese van Zee, Miranda studied star populations that help explain how and why galaxies evolve.