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Keely earned her bachelor's degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Washington in 2002. She then went on to Arizona State University for graduate school, earning her PhD in 2008. Keely specializes in star formation studies, both galactic and extra-galactic. In grad school Keely was active in astronomy outreach, running the department monthly astronomy open houses for two years, as well volunteering at them over the course of her graduate career. After grad school, Keely held a postdoctoral position at Texas A&M University from 2009-2011. Keely continued pursuing her research interests, but also helped to expand an astronomy outreach program in the department and helped to develop a new undergraduate introductory astronomy course and accompanying lab course. Starting in 2011, Keely joined the astronomy department at the University of Texas at Austin, working as a research associate and lecturer, where her time is split between teaching, research and working with the education team at McDonald Observatory. Her EPO duties include working to prepare and present teacher professional development programs, designing new materials for student field experiences and classroom use, designing new visitor center exhibits and experiences, and working with teachers and state science organziations across Texas. Keely also serves on the board of directors for the Informal Science Education Association (ISEA) of Texas.
American Astronomical Society
Science Teachers Association of Texas
Informal Science Education Association (ISEA) of Texas
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