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Hispanic Heritage Month

Ashley Villar for Hispanic Heritage Month.

V. Ashley Villar

Title: Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, ICDS Cohire

Degrees: Ph.D., Astronomy and Astrophysics, Harvard University (2020); B.S., Physics, MIT (2014)

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What motivates you to do science?

To me, science is as much about creativity and communication as it is about getting your hands dirty in the data. The constant stream of new ideas, discoveries, and lifelong education is what keeps me motivated to do science. Being able to pass on that knowledge to students and the public is the core of my career, and their participation in the scientific process is a highlight of my work.


What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?

My father immigrated into the US from Peru when he was about my age now. His journey is a source of inspiration for me and has shaped my outlook on life. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to reflect on the many, many Latino cultures which have shaped our country.