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My name is Gwen Eadie, and I am an Assistant Professor of Astrostatistics at the University of Toronto, jointly appointed between the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (DoAA) and the Department of Statistical Sciences (DoSS). I am the co-chair of the AAS Working Group on Astroinformatics & Astrostatistics (2019-2021), and the Program Chair for the ASA Astrostatistics Interest Group (2019).
Before arriving at Toronto, I was an eScience Institute, DIRAC Institute, and NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. My mentors through the eScience Institute were Mario Juric (Astronomy), and Tyler McCormick (Statistics).
I hold a PhD in Physics & Astronomy from McMaster University, in Hamilton, ON, Canada (August 2017). My doctoral supervisor was William Harris, expert in globular clusters and globular cluster populations, and creator of the Harris Globular Cluster Catalog.
During my PhD, I developed a hierarchical Bayesian model to estimate the mass of the Milky Way Galaxy. My PhD Dissertation was awarded the 2018 J.S. Plasket Medal by the Canadian Astronomical Society and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
I completed my Master's thesis under the co-supervision of Dr. Lawrence Widrow and Dr. Stephane Courteau. Using simulations, we investigated how mass estimates of galaxies might be affected by assumptions about velocity anisotropies.
I began my undergraduate studies in 2005 at Simon Fraser University (SFU), in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. I started as an English Major, but after taking some calculus courses and an introductory astronomy course, I changed my major to Physics! In 2010, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a Minor in Publishing and was given the honour of being the BSc Convocation Speaker.
Through the Publishing Minor at SFU I learned about publication design and print production, and became proficient in Adobe InDesign. These skills have become very useful for designing conference posters, promotional materials for various projects, and conference programs.