Liz grew up outside of Chicago. Because of the bright city lights, most of her experience observing the night sky occurred during trips to the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Her interest in the night sky and Hubble Space Telescope images began at an early age.
Liz earned her bachelor's degree in physics and minored in English at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. While at Lawrence, Liz studied off-campus at Columbia University's Biosphere 2 center in Arizona, and completed two internships as a research assistant for the University of Chicago. She is also Lawrence's class of 2004 alumni secretary.
After Lawrence, she took graduate courses in astrophysics at Iowa State University in Ames.
In her spare time, Liz hangs out with her dog, Kara (a very silly border collie mix), designs jewelry, sings in a local choir, and follows her favorite sports team, the Chicago White Sox.