about

William is an undergraduate astronomer and text-adventure author. They co-directed a theatre production of LOL: A Modern Computer Farce at the Shoebox Theater in their hometown Portland, OR (Multnomah/Clackamas territory) where they worked for a garden and landscaping company before attending college. Sometimes, they take photos. They wrote a game about cats.

They now attend Amherst College (Nonotuck/Pocumtuck territory) where they’ve decided (perhaps against better judgement) to double major in astronomy and physics. They’re writing an honors thesis in astronomy. They’re a research assistant in the Follette Lab at Amherst College, and have worked previously in the SIOS Lab at Cornell University. They work as a teaching assistant for the observational astronomy (ASTR 337, 341) courses offered at Amherst College. They’ll be attending the Johns Hopkins University Department of Physics and Astronomy for a Ph.D. in Fall 2021. You can read about their work in detail here.

You can contact William via email: wobalmer (at) gmail dot com

Their resume can be found in html here.

Last updated: 12/6/2020

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