Emily Rice is Associate Professor of Astrophysics at at Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York (CUNY), faculty in the Physics Ph.D. Program at the CUNY Graduate Center, and a resident research associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). She earned her Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics at UCLA and Bachelor’s degrees in Physics & Astronomy and German at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to Macaulay, Dr. Rice was a member of the faculty at the College of Staten Island.
Dr. Rice studies low mass stars, brown dwarfs (sometimes called “failed” stars), and directly-imaged exoplanets by analyzing their spectra and modeling their atmospheres. Her research group, Brown Dwarfs in New York City (BDNYC), co-led by Prof. Kelle Cruz (Hunter College) and Dr. Jackie Faherty (AMNH) has received funding from NASA and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Rice is a co-author of over 40 refereed publications and an introductory astronomy lab manual.
Dr. Rice frequently gives public presentations about space and science, including at the Hayden Planetarium at AMNH, and makes media appearances, coordinates Astronomy on Tap events at social venues around the world, shares astronomy-inspired fashion on the blog STARtorialist, and occasionally produces science parody videos.