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Jessica Mink

Astronomer and Bike Activist

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Things I Have Been Doing
Creating software tools for positional astronomy
Creating and managing astronomical archives
Bicycling everywhere taking lots of photos
(long-time activism, bikeways, commuting, touring, HPVs, skiing, mountain biking, Tandems Folding Tandems)
Canoeing
Cross-country skiing
Singing in my church choir
Going to plays at the Central Square Theater, the Company One Theatre, the Apollonaire Theatre Company, the Huntington Theatre, and the American Repertory Theater, among others
Acting as one of the Women of Brook Farm
Serving on the board of New Brook Farm,
Chairing the Neponset River Greenway Council
Serving on the Standing Committee of the Theodore Parker Church (UU) and teaching adult religious exploration
Blogging at my own site, Trancyclist, and at Women in Astronomy
Sharing and learning on Facebook and Twitter: @MinkJessica (for astronomy) and @BikesInSpace (for everything else)

Getting to Where I'm At
Living in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston for over 30 years, after
Growing up outside of Dundee, Illinois,
Graduating in 1969 from Dundee Community High School
Going east to MIT to study Comparative Planetology and Astronomy graduating with a Bachelor's degree (*and a wedding ring) in 1973, followed by a Master's a year later in 1974, learning celestial mechanics by plaing Spaceware along the way.
Helping discover the rings of Uranus while working at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
Returning to Cambridge, Massachusetts to work MIT
Working for the past 32+ years at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,
Writing the original graphics terminal emulator for xterm
Creating a couple of widely-used astronomical data analysis software packages, RVSAO and WCSTools.
Marrying and divorcing twice, but with a resulting daughter who's also working on changing the world.
Eventually becoming myself.

Last updated May 21, 2017 by Jessica Mink

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