Daniel Horenstein is a graduate student with the Georgia State University
Physics & Astronomy in Atlanta, GA.
A native of nearby Lawrenceville, Daniel is an alumnus of the Georgia
Governor's Honors Program (physics major, 2008) and a Georgia High
School Association Literary Competition statewide gold-medalist
(critical essay, 2009). Daniel is the valedictorian of the Central
Gwinnett High School Class of 2009.
After high school, Daniel attended Columbia University in the City of New York, and
he will still talk about life in Manhattan, which he thoroughly
enjoyed, as often as possible. Daniel especially loved the modern art
in New York, from Salvador Dalí to René Magritte, Philip
Glass to John Adams, and Allen Ginsberg to Frank O'Hara.
Scientifically, Daniel was a laboratory assistant at the Columbia
Astrophysics Laboratory, working with Prof. Frits Paerels to determine whether light left over
from the very first generation of stars in the Universe might be
visible with today's technology. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Arts
degree, Astronomy major, from Columbia University in 2013.
Following a short foray in commercial website design, Daniel began his
graduate studies in Astronomy at Georgia State University in 2014. His
research advisor is Prof. Sébastien Lépine, and his
primary research interests are how planetary (and possibly biological)
systems arise and evolve. As preparation for a possible career in
communicating science, Daniel also invests a significant amount of
time in his teaching responsibilities at Georgia State and in public
outreach volunteer work at Hard Labor Creek Observatory and other venues
throughout the Atlanta area. Academically, Daniel expects to defend
his MS research thesis in Spring 2017 and is currently exploring
various options for pursuing a career as a science educator.