Exploring and learning about the natural world (and universe) is Val’s main inspiration. As a child, she dreamed of being the next Carl Sagan. She believes that all types of communication work best when they are as simple, visual, and hands-on as possible.
As an astronomer, Val has expertise in science communication, computer programming, and data analysis as well as knowledge in the physical sciences and higher mathematics.
Val was a research assistant at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center with the Cassini mission. She is also a co-producer of a space IMAX film called In Saturn’s Rings and is well-known for her space image processing and “Titan Saturn’s Moon” social media (Facebook & Twitter).
Val has been playing guitar since she was 8 years old. She is classically trained, but also enjoys playing jazz, rock, and flamenco. She has a special place in her heart for progressive rock.
Val has a B.S. in astronomy from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently working on a graduate certificate in science communication from George Mason University.
Val just moved to Warrenton, VA, but has spent most of her life right outside of Washington, DC.