Kelle Cruz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Hunter College/CUNY

Kelle Cruz is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the Hunter College and a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Her research interests include the study of very low mass stars and brown dwarfs. She received both her Bachelors and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Prior to joining the Hunter faculty, she was an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at AMNH and a Spitzer Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech. She is passionate about open science practices and resource sharing among scientists. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the AstroBetter blog and wiki and serves on the Coordination Committee of the Astropy Project, the core software suite for Astronomy in the Python programming language. She is currently serving on the Board of the American Astronomical Society. Prior to being elected to the Board, she served as the Chair of the Committee on Employment from 2010-2017. She also recently started ScienceBetter Consulting, a small business dedicated to serving the needs of the scientific community.

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