Get to Know Gemini! Gabriela Randrup

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?

18 years

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?

Star Wars

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?


Favorite beverage?

Tanzanian peabody coffee

Check back next month to learn more about the staff that help Gemini to explore the Universe and share its wonders!

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