Bio for Dr. Amber Straughn
Research Astrophysicist, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
Dr. Amber Straughn is a Research Astrophysicist in the Observational Cosmology Laboratory, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. She serves as the Deputy Project Scientist for James Webb Space Telescope Education and Public Outreach.
Amber grew up in the small farming town of Bee Branch, Arkansas where her fascination with astronomy began under beautifully dark, rural skies. She obtained her B.S. in Physics at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 2002, and completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics at Arizona State University in 2008. Amber has been at Goddard full-time since 2008. She has been involved in NASA Education and Research programs since her undergrad years, beginning with flying an experiment on NASA's microgravity KC-135 plane (the “vomit comet”) in 2001.
Amber's research focuses on interacting and star-forming galaxies, and she has most recently been working on infrared spectroscopic data from the new Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) on Hubble Space Telescope.
Amber lives in Glenn Dale, Md., with her husband Matt and her two Great Danes and one cat. She has been an active yoga practitioner for years, and teaches a volunteer yoga class weekly.
You can learn more about Amber and her work at NASA's James Webb Space Telescope website.