Jake Parks’ fascination with astronomy began way back when he was seven years old. This is when his parents bought him his first astronomy book, I Wonder Why Stars Twinkle and Other Questions About Space. Since then, he has sought out every bit of astronomical news he can get his hands on.
Though Jake initially started his undergraduate career at Ohio State University majoring in architecture, within a year, he had switched his major to astronomy and physics with a minor in professional writing. After graduation, Jake lucked into a short-term position as a temporary lecturer in the Department of Physics at Ohio State before moving to Madison to work in the healthcare industry for a time.
But eventually, Jake’s passion for astronomy drew him back in, and he enrolled in a science journalism graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After earning his master’s degree, Jake worked part-time in the Department of Astronomy at UW-Madison as a science writer.
In his free time, Jake can likely be found playing guitar, video games, or tag with his dog Maggie. Jake also considers himself addicted to good television.