Get to Know Gemini is a new series of blog posts aimed to highlight the different careers, backgrounds, and types of people contributing to Gemini Observatory and its science.
Name: Gabriela Randrup
What is your current position and at which telescope?
Receptionist/Admin Assistant at Gemini North
In four lines or less, explain what you do as part of the Gemini Observatory team?
answer the main switchboard number and re-direct calls. Meet and greet visitors Try to pitch in wherever administrative help is needed.
How long have you worked for Gemini?
What drew you to this job?
The Gemini building with its international flags (one of which was the Argentine flag) waving reminded me of the United Nations. Though world peace is not our main objective, knowledge is.
What is the best part of your job?
Meeting people from all over the world.
Where are you originally from/where did you grow up?
I was born in Argentina but grew up in NYC.
What skill do you think is most important to know for your job?
It’s important to be a “people-person”.
Why is astronomy important?
Aren’t we all made out of star matter?
What is your favorite movie?
What is the latest book you have read?
I admit I am more of a Netflix binge-watcher nowadays
What three albums would you bring with you to a desert island?
“Alturas de Macchu Picchu”, by Los Jaivas.
“La voz de los ’80”, by Los Prisioneros.
“Delicate Sound of Thunder”, by Pink Floyd.
What is one hobby of yours?
Tanzanian peabody coffee
Check back next month to learn more about the staff that help Gemini to explore the Universe and share its wonders!