About Me

While not studying, teaching, or doing research, I enjoy reading, photography, traveling, hiking, and observing the night sky with naked eyes or through my small telescope.

Alongside my academic career, I always wanted to share my passion for astronomy with others. I think of astronomy as a gateway to introduce science to people, and show them how beautiful and useful science could be in their everyday lives. That’s why in the fall of 2008, with the help of a team of four colleagues, we established the global project called “StarPeace“, which aimed to erase borderlines between countries in the sky by having neighboring countries hold public observation nights for locals simultaneously at the same time at two sides of the border. With more than 30 nations as our members, we were seeking for the goal of promoting Astronomy and peace amongst nations. The project ended its activities after 6 years in 2014.

The next major step in my outreach activities was co-founding the StarYab astrophysical literature website in Persian. In StarYab we present an interesting paper chosen from the peer-reviewed journals every week in a simple format that is comprehensible to those who are in the beginning of this road. Our main audience are Persian-speaking science undergraduate students, enthusiastic high schoolers, and amateur astronomers who are eager to know more about the state-of-the-art research in astronomy around the globe. Currently, I am also leading the Astronomical Society of Riverside STEM school.

One of the main passions in my life is traveling. I have traveled to a lot of countries in Asia, Europe, and America. My biggest and the most adventurous travel was an expedition to Antarctica in 2007. It was an educational expedition offered by Students On Ice organization. This expedition changed my perspective toward our planet and helped me to have more respect for it.

Our ship breaking the Antarctic ocean in "Paradise Bay". Photo by Irene Shivaei