Former New Paltz resident and 2003 Oakwood Friends School graduate Dr. Jennifer Yee, 29, will return to the School to present its annual Herzog Lecture, on Friday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m.
Dr. Yee, who has helped discover 15 planets, was one of five young astronomers in 2013 to be awarded a Carl Sagan Exoplanet Postdoctoral Fellowship by NASA. The prize fellowship, named for the late astronomer, was created to inspire the next generation of explorers seeking to learn more about planets, and possibly life, around stars other than the Sun. For her Sagan Fellowship, Dr. Yee is based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass.
One of the internet’s latest viral stars has ties to our region.
Like Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and countless “Harlem Shake” takeoffs before it, Joanna Rohrback’s “Prancercise: A Fitness Workout” caught fire in a hurry last month, leading its Florida-based proprietor from virtual anonymity to millions of views and even the Today Show.
"The hits on my video were going up without any apparent reason," she says. "I wasn't sure if it was a computer error or what."