Science and Outreach Specialist, Hubble Heritage
Lisa's title has nothing to do with
her job; she prefers to call herself "image processor."
She creates stunning full-color pictures from Hubble's
black-and-white images, a process that she likens
to putting frosting on a wedding cake. "A cake
tastes great," says Lisa, " but at the wedding,
everyone's looking at the cake because it really looks
beautiful. And that's what we get to do."
consults with a colleague during a Heritage project
she's part of the Hubble
project, Lisa doesn't get
to attach her name to her work. Still, she says, she's
happy to have the chance to bring Hubble's images
to the public. Lisa was an astronomer for many years
before taking on the Heritage images. She was one
of the only women in many of her classes, and so she
needed some tenacity to get through -- a skill she
says she cultivated while being picked on by her brothers.
Lisa, who has degrees from Arizona State University
and Wesley University, thinks about going back for
her Ph.D. She has one child, and telecommutes to work
about half the time.