Dr. Lisa Prato
Dr. Lisa Prato Astronomer, Lowell Observatory
I would like to identify some young planets. I think that would be a big contribution to planet formation theory, and I would like to do that, not just for my own sake but for the sake of the students that have worked very, very hard on that project. Chris Crockett was a predoc student here at Lowell and just finished his thesis in September, and he really wanted to find a young planet, and we're still collaborating on the project. As soon as you asked that question, I thought, I'm not really driven by trying to find something to be remembered by. I don't really care.
It comes back to what I said to you initially about curiosity. I just want to be able to go and to work on my stars. I love working on the young binary stars. That's really -- it's really fun, and I work with some very bright and enjoyable colleagues on these projects, and so I just feel lucky to be able to sort of chip away at things. For my own curiosity, I would love to study -- I would love to, after another decade of work, be able to say, "Look! I found the mass-ratio distribution of these really young binaries." But that's -- that probably won't float many people's boat, but for me it works.
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