Denise C. Nuttall Stephens
|Known for||helped discover planet KELT-16b|
|Alma mater||New Mexico State University; Brigham Young University|
|Main interests||Brown dwarfs|
Education and research experienceEdit
Stephens graduated from Brigham Young University in 1996 as an undergraduate student with a degree in Physics. She received her Master's and Ph.D. in Astronomy from New Mexico State University. She completed her a postgraduate program at the Space Telescope Science Institute and at Johns Hopkins University. She joined the faculty of BYU in 2007. She studies the atmosphere of brown dwarves, looks for and classifies binary systems, studies TNOs, and uses telescopes both on ground and in space to collect infrared data. In 2017, she and a team of undergraduates at BYU published their discovery of a new planet called KELT-16b, which was made as part of the KELT project.
Stephens is a coordinator of the BYU Astronomical Society. She also runs an annual public event called Astrofest which introduces physics and astronomy to kids in a fun way. She is the team captain of an on-campus flag football team which is the only women's intramural faculty team at BYU.
Denise Stephens is married and is a mother to seven children.
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- BYU, Jessilyn Gale. "BYU professors lead next generation of female scientists". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
- Murphy, Jen (2017-11-25). "The Football Team Full of Ph.Ds". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
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