Jessica Mink

Astronomer and Activist

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Things I Like to Do
Astronomy (It's what I do for a living)
Bicycling ( long-time activism, bikeways, commuting, touring, HPVs, skiing, mountain biking, Tandems Folding Tandems)
Cross-country skiing
Politics, too: my U.S. Senators are Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, and my Congressman is Michael Capuano.
Reading too many magazines and my complete collection of Doonesbury books while listening to the radio
Going to movies ...when I can find the time
Listening to Celtic music
Developing and using astronomical software (It's my job, but I enjoy doing it!)
Where I've Come From
I grew up outside of Dundee, Illinois,
  • attended Parkview Elementary School in Carpentersville, IL,
    Dundee Junior High School (It was where the parking lots are in this picture) in Dundee, IL, and
    Dundee Community High School (Class of 1969) in Carpentersville, IL
  • went east to MIT to study Planetary Science graduating with a Bachelor's degree (*and a wedding ring) in 1973, followed by a Master's a year later in 1974.
  • helped discover the rings of Uranus while working at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • returned to Cambridge, Massachusetts to work first at MIT
    and for the past 31 years, at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • I serve on the boards of GLAD, Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus, and New Brook Farm
  • and on the standing committee and sing in the choir of the Theodore Parker Church (UU) and teach an adult religious exploration class
  • I've lived in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston for almost 29 years.
  • Late in life, I became myself.
  • I occasionally blog. and can be found on Facebook

  • Last updated October 26, 2015 by Jessica Mink

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