University of Washington (2008)
Joined UW in
2001 (grad student), 2011 (lecturer)
Oliver guides hundreds of students each year through Astro 101 classes that develop spatial and quantitative reasoning skills, as well as classes focused on written and oral communication of scientific ideas. He also supports teaching astronomy in public schools and beyond with the Astronomy Education Clearinghouse, the UW in the High School Program, and the UW Mobile Planetarium.
A resident of the Seattle area for many years, Oliver studied astronomy to find out what was above the clouds. My profile picture is a JPL employee drawing the first image of Mars, which was received from Mariner 4 in 1965. Computer processing took so long it was quicker to print the data on strips of paper, and color it in by hand.