About Yao-Yuan Mao
Black lives matter. Act to fight against anti-Black racism.research focuses on the connection between visible galaxies and dark matter halos, a crucial component for fully utilizing astrophysical observations to study the nature of dark matter, cosmology, and galaxy formation physics.
I participate in several science collaborations. I have been a core member of the Satellites Around Galactic Analogs (SAGA) Survey. And in the Rubin Observatory LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC), I serve as a Dark Matter Working Group co-convener, a Data Access Team co-lead, and a Collaboration Council member. I was credited the Builder Status by the DESC in 2019.
From 2016 to 2019, I was a Samuel P. Langley Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Pittsburgh Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology Center (PITT PACC) at the University of Pittsburgh.
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.