About Yao-Yuan Mao
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My research answers key questions about the nature of dark matter, galaxy formation physics, and the uniqueness of our own Milky Way by studying the connection between visible galaxies and their nests, the invisible dark matter halos.
I participate in many science collaborations: I have been co-piloting the SAGA Survey, an ongoing spectroscopic galaxy survey aiming to characterize Satellites Around Galactic Analogs. In the Rubin Observatory LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC), I currently serve as a co-convener of the Dark Matter Working Group, a co-lead of the Data Access Team, and the Deputy Chair of the Collaboration Council. I was credited the Builder Status by the DESC in 2019.
I care about inclusion and equity, both in academia and more broadly. I am the current maintainer of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Outlist.
- Email: Yao-Yuan Mao <email@example.com>
- Rutgers Office: Currently I am working from home until COVID-19 is really under control.
Room 313W, Physics & Astronomy Bld (New Brunswick Busch Campus)
- Mailing address:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
136 Frelinghuysen Rd
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019, USA
My name is 茅耀元 in Traditional Chinese; the first character is my last name Mao.
How to pronounce my name?
- Each character of my name is monosyllabic.
- Yao starts as in yard and ends as in cow, with the falling (4th) tone.
- Yuan starts with the ü sound, like über in German or lune in French (similar to few in English but with rounded lips), and it ends as in Ben, with the rising (2nd) tone.
- Mao has the same vowels as in Yao, but with the rising (2nd) tone.
- Listen to the pronunciation of my name with Google Translate.
How to style my name in writing?
- In writing, "Yao‑Yuan" as a whole is my first name, with the hyphen indicating two syllables. Both Y's should always be capitalized.
- When hyphen is not allowed (but why?), my first name can be written as "Yao Yuan". However, "Yuan" should not be considered as a middle name, nor should it be combined with "Yao" into a single word.
- When abbreviated, my name should appear as "Y.‑Y. Mao".
- In casual situations where only first names are being used, it is appropriate to use just "Yao" like in verbal communications.
- These styling rules are for myself. They are not general rules and do not apply to everyone who use romanized Chinese names.
A snapshot of myself
This snapshot of myself was captured in "Science Bytes Episode 5: Dark Matters" on PBS in 2012.