Dr. Abigail (Abbie) Stevens is an NSF-funded postdoctoral fellow based in Michigan researching black holes and neutron stars and the extreme space environments around them. She has taught intro astronomy for non-science students at MSU, and will be a faculty member at Bard College to teach science literacy this winter. Dr. Stevens is on the Steering Committee for STROBE-X (a proposed X-ray space telescope), a NICER affiliated scientist (a NASA X-ray telescope on the International Space Station), and co-developer and release manager for Stingray software. She is also involved in the Python in astronomy and open-source science communities. Before moving to Michigan, Dr. Stevens did her PhD at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, her MSc at the University of Alberta in Canada, and her BA at Bard College in upstate New York.

One of Abbie’s favorite aspects of being a scientist is speaking with schools and the general public about astronomy, physics, and space science. She also loves incorporating scientific concepts in art and storytelling via hands-on workshops, performances and presentations, and advising on creative projects. Please get in touch if you’re interested in public outreach or science consulting.

Abbie is also a fierce advocate for mental health and wellbeing in academia, and has led multiple seminars and discussions with fellow academics.

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