Summer Ash is the Director of Outreach for Columbia University’s Department of Astronomy. Ash is also a freelance science writer and communicator. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, Smithsonian, Now.Space, Scientific American, Slate, and Nautilus. Ash has also hosted and appeared in science and STEM educational videos for NBC News, City University of New York, and Disney Junior. In her spare time, she helps out at The Rachel Maddow Show as their in-house astrophysicist.