Strubbe, Linda

Linda Strubbe is a graduate student in astrophysics at UC Berkeley. She studies what happens when huge and hungry black holes at the centers of galaxies eat unsuspecting nearby stars (quick answer: the star gets ripped apart and stellar debris spirals down into the black hole, releasing a really bright flash of light). She co-designed an astronomy lab on Transiting Planets for Hartnell Community College in 2009, and led the design of a physics lab on Oscillations and Resonance for UCSC in 2010. Linda expects to receive her Ph.D. in 2011 and then begin post-doctoral research in astrophysics. She plans to work, alongside her research, on teaching/outreach projects that include inquiry, including work in a developing country. Linda loves star-gazing, the ocean, and ultimate frisbee.