Dr. Bethany Cobb Kung, is an astronomer who received her Ph.D. at Yale University in 2008 for research on massive stellar explosions called gamma-ray bursts. From 2008 - 2010 she did research at the University of California, Berkeley as a National Science Foundation Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow. She is currently an Associate Professor in Honors and Physics at the George Washington University, where she received the 2016 Morton A. Bender Teaching Award. She has worked to improve teaching at GW as a member of the University Teaching and Learning Center Faculty Advisory and Support Team, the Teaching and Learning Collaborative's Committee on Rigorous Evaluation of Teaching, and the Academy of Distinguished Teachers -- and as a facilitator at the 2016, 2017 & 2018 GW Course Design Institutes. She is a profound science-fiction geek who enjoys sharing her love of astronomy with anyone who will listen!