Department Welcomes First Grainger Fellow

Aug 22, 2011

This fall, the Department of Astronomy welcomes Dr. Alyson Brooks as its first Grainger Post-Doctoral Fellow. Alyson is a theoretical astrophysicist whose interests include galaxy formation and evolution, galactic structure, galactic chemical evolution, stellar abundances, and cosmological N-Body+SPH simulations of galaxies. Her theoretical work will enhance the standing of the department as an international center of research in galaxy evolution.

“As an observationally oriented theorist, I’m looking forward to working with observers in this strong observational astronomy department,” says Alyson. 

The Grainger Post-Doctoral Fellowship, the Department of Astronomy’s first prize fellowship, is generously funded by The Grainger Foundation.

“I’m excited about winning this fellowship,” she adds. “I love the freedom it gives me to do the type of work that I like.”

In her free time, Alyson enjoys biking, reading and watching movies. She was the Sherman Fairchild Prize Fellow in Theoretical Astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology, and received her PhD and MS in astronomy from the University of Washington.

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