Welcome, 2012/2013 Class of Grad Students

Oct 01, 2012

The UW-Madison Astronomy Department welcomes the incoming 2012/2013 class of graduate students.

Erin Boettcher has a BS degree in astrophysics from Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Her areas of interest are observational extragalactic astronomy, galaxy formation and evolution, and variable star studies. She is working with Professor Ellen Zweibel to model the gas density sampled by cosmic rays propagating through the interstellar medium.

David French has a BA degree in physics and astronomy from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. His areas of interest broadly include extragalactic astronomy and dynamics, and more specifically, the interactions of galaxies with each other and their surrounding environments. Other interests are high-energy astrophysics, such as accretion onto supermassive black holes and AGN jets. He is working with Dr. Bart Wakker on a large, low-redshift galaxy survey intent on advancing our understanding of galaxy-absorber interactions within clusters.

Alisha Kundert has a BA degree in physics with a minor in astronomy from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her areas of interest are stellar populations and galaxy evolution. Other interests include stellar angular momentum evolution and the determination of stellar rotation periods from long baseline, low cadence light curves. She has worked on gyrochronology studies of stars with Dr. Keivan Stassun, a University of Wisconsin graduate.

Emily Leiner has a BA degree in astronomy from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut (2010). After graduation, she worked in education and public outreach at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois. Her undergraduate research focused on modeling light curves for transiting extrasolar planets. Other interests include areas of stellar dynamics, formation and evolution.

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