Name: Cathy Brigham
Hometown: Austin, via a small farm town in northeast Ohio
Reason for Joining AAS: I have been a curious hobbyist all my life – making my father take me to the local planetarium, and spending many summer evenings watching stars. But I don’t know much formally about astronomy. I was a member of AAS a few years ago, and attempted to go to one meeting, but it was canceled or moved, and then I lost my nerve after that, convincing myself that I won’t know what people are talking about at the events. After a year in Chicago for work, where I was quickly a member at the Adler Planetarium, I am back in Austin and eager to keep learning, expand my horizons, and connect with something that has clearly been a part of me my whole life – even if it is just at the level of enthusiast.
Other Hobbies: gardening, hiking, photography, reading, music and overall poking around