Welcome, ‘18/‘19 Class of Grad Students!

Sep 18, 2018

We are excited to welcome the new class of 2018/19 first year grad students to UW-Madison. From left to right:

Andrew Nine, BS in Astronomy from Indiana University Bloomington, will work with Professor Bob Mathieu on continuing the WOCS Survey. The WIYN Open Clutser Study (WOCS) is an ongoing project to refine our understanding of open clusters within our Galaxy. In particular, I will be working with Bob Mathieu to study binary star evolution in these environments.

Anthony Taylor, BA in Astronomy and Physics from Harvard University, will work with Professor Amy Barger on the analysis of the data from the spectroscopic follow-up of 9 ultraluminous (Lyman-alpha power greater than about 10 billion solar luminosities) high redshift (z~6.6) Lyman-alpha emitters. Previous investigations lacked spectroscopic data, and we plan to compare our spectroscopic results with these previous studies.

Dan Rybarczyk, BA in Astronomy and Physics from Boston University, will work with Professor Snezana Stanimirovic, using data from the 21-SPONGE survey of HI absorption to study the small-scale (<10,000 Astronomical Units) structure of the interstellar medium.

Francisco Ley, MS in Astronomy from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, will work with Professor Ellen Zweibel With Ellen on modeling and understanding particle heating in Clusters of Galaxies by a plasma process called magnetic pumping.

Ka-Ho Yuen, BS in Physics from Chinese University of Hong Kong, will work with Professor Alex Lazarian on the Velocity Gradient Technique (VGT) which provides a new way of tracing magnetic field orientation and strength in the diffuse and self-gravitating interstellar media based on the properties of MHD turbulence.

Melissa Morris, BA in Astronomy from the University of Texas, Austin, will work with Professor Eric Wilcots on studying radio emission from galaxies in the CHILES survey. With 1000 hours in integration within the COSMOS field nearing completion, this will be the deepest radio survey of galaxies to date.

Teva Ilan, BA in Astronomy from Princeton University, will work with Professor Sebastian Heinz on modeling the propagation of relativistic jets through galaxies to help us understand radio mode feedback and the properties of radio galaxies.

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