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Anderson, Steve | Department Administrator

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Ph: (608) 262-8544
Office: 2544 Sterling Hall

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Barger, Amy | Professor

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Research Interests:

Observational cosmology, distant galaxies and supermassive black holes, observations at X-ray, optical, near-infrared, submillimeter, and radio wavelengths, star formation and accretion histories of the universe

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Benjamin, Bob | Visiting Associate Professor (UW-Whitewater)

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Research Interests: I work on the global structure of the Milky Way Galaxy, studying the distribution of stars and gas in order to determine the structure of the bulge, bar, disk, spiral arms, and warp. I also work on large-scale models of the ISM and high velocity clouds.

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Bershady, Matthew | Professor

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Research Interests:

Galaxy structure & evolution; spectroscopic instrumentation.

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Cassinelli, Joseph | Emeritus

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Research Interests:

Stellar winds; hot star X-ray astronomy; wind diagnostics.

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Chattopadhyay, Sabyasachi | Postdoctoral Fellow

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Research Interests: I am primarily interested in evolution and dynamics of galaxy an I try to explore this through optical instrumentation. My primary tool is integral field spectroscopy. I am also interested in direct detection of exoplanets.

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Churchwell, Edward | Emeritus

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Research Interests:

Techniques: Radio and IR astronomy
Science Interests: star formation; physics of the interstellar medium; large scale Galactic structure; structure, properties, and evolution of HII regions

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D'Onghia, Elena | Associate Professor

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Research Interests: My research combines unique analytic models and high-resolution numerical simulations to get new insights into the dynamical processes that form the stellar skeleton of our Galaxy. While the study of our Solar System is captivating, I am more interested in what happens outside of it. There are 300 billion stars in our Milky Way. Thanks to the GAIA satellite launched in 2013, for the first time in human history, we will know for 1 billion of those stars their location, distance from us, proper motions and in some cases whether they have planets around them. In a future when we might become a space-faring civilization, I believe it is inspiring to have a detailed knowledge of the environment outside of the Solar System.

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Davis, Julie | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: I'm interested in extragalactic astronomy and in particular the gaseous environments around galaxies. I'm part of the CHILES radio survey on the Very Large Array, investigating extragalactic neutral hydrogen and using other multi-wavelength observations to construct a more complete picture of how gas cycles through galaxies.

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Erb, Dawn | Visiting Associate Professor (UW-Milwaukee)

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Research Interests: Galaxy formation and evolution, the kinematics, chemical evolution and stellar populations of galaxies at high redshift, feedback processes in starburst galaxies, and the evolution of the intergalactic medium at high redshift.

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Gabelt, Sam | Electronics Technician

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Research Interests:

Star Tracker 5000 hardware fabrication

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Gallagher III, Jay (John) | W. W. Morgan & Rupple Bascom Emeritus Professor

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Research Interests:

What are the structures of present day galaxies, how are they evolving, and in what ways do they connect to their cosmic environments?  My research addresses these and related questions from an observational perspective with an emphasis on less massive galaxies. Active binary stars such as novae also remain an area of interest.

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Goldstein, Jacqueline | Graduate Student

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Office: 4558 Sterling

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Hall, Kendall | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: Interstellar Medium, Massive Star-Forming Regions, Molecular Clouds.

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Heinz, Sebastian | Fluno Bascom Professor, Department Chair

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Research Interests:

High energy astrophysics and the astrophysical application of computational fluid mechanics in the context of cosmic structure formation and flows in the vicinity of compact objects.

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Ho, Ka Wai | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: Analytical and numerical MHD Turbulence, Star Formation, Tidal Disruption near SMBH and Computational Astrophysics

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Hooper, Eric | Scientific Staff, WIYN Development Scientist

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Ph: (608) 262-1249
Office: 5507B Sterling Hall

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Ilan, Teva | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: My interests lie mainly in galaxy formation, supermassive black hole formation, the relationship between these processes, and cosmology.

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Jaehnig, Kurt | Technical Staff

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Ph: (608) 263-4688
Office: 5520 Sterling Hall

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Jones, Logan | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: I use multi-wavelength observations to learn about star-forming galaxies at high redshift. Some questions I hope to (help) answer include 1) How did the Universe reionize itself?; and 2) What can extremely dusty galaxies tell us about star formation and galaxy evolution across cosmic time?

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Kaplan, David | Visiting Associate Professor (UW-Milwaukee)

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Research Interests: I work on observations of compact objects (mainly neutron stars and white dwarfs), making precision measurements to help understand their basic properties and evolution. I also work towards using existing and new radio arrays for studies of the time-domain sky.

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Kim, Tae-Sun | Associate Scientist

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Office: 6516 Sterling Hall

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Kotulla, Ralf | Assistant Researcher

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Research Interests: I'm modeling stellar populations and the chemical evolution in star clusters and galaxies, as well as working on innovative ways for astronomical data processing.

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Kriewald, Kay | Senior Outreach Specialist, Space Place

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Ph: 608-262-9251
Office: 2514 Sterling Hall

Krishnarao, Dhanesh | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: I study diffuse ionized gas in the Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds using WHAM!

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Lattis, Jim | Director, Space Place

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Ph: 608-263-0360
Office: 2514 Sterling Hall

Lazarian, Alex | Professor

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Research Interests:

MHD Theory: Reconnection, Dynamo Theory; Interstellar Dust: Alignment, Microwave Emission;
Interstellar Turbulence: Statistical Studies; Circumstellar Regions and Comets: Polarization
Molecular Clouds: Dynamics

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Ley, Francisco | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: My field of research is Plasma Astrophysics and I study cosmic ray acceleration mechanisms using analytical tools and Particle-In-Cell numerical simulations of plasmas.

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Linck, Evan | Graduate Student

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Office: 3516 Sterling Hall

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Lopez, Aaron | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: Aaron is working with Professor Rich Townsend and third year grad Jacqueline Goldstein studying oscillation modes of stellar interiors. The goal of their work is to map instability strips -- regions of a stellar parameter space where oscillations may arise spontaneously.

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Machuca, Camilo | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: I'm interested in extragalactic astronomy, with a focus on using integral field spectroscopy to understand galaxy dynamics and evolution.

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Mathieu, Robert | Professor

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Research Interests:

Structure, kinematics and dynamics of star clusters and star-forming regions; stellar binary populations; blue stragglers and other objects with alternative stellar evolution pathways; formation of binary stars; stellar angular momentum evolution.

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McClure, Rachel | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: I am passionate about science education and improving public attitude towards the natural sciences. Though my research interests are developing as I explore the department, I currently work on alternative stellar evolutionary paths with Prof. Robert Mathieu.

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Morris, Melissa | Graduate Student

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Office: 6511C Sterling Hall

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Nine, Andrew | Graduate Student

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Office: Sterling 6511C

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Nordsieck, Kenneth | Emeritus

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Research Interests:

Instrumental, observational, and analytical applications of astronomical polarimetry; optical studies of stellar envelopes and the polarization that arises from scattering by interstellar dust.

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Normington, Angela | Administrative Staff

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Ph: 608-262-2965
Office: 2548 Sterling Hall

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Oppor, Joshua | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: Primarily interested in instrumentation, specifically integral field unit spectroscopy. Orbital mechanics and galactic kinematics.

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Orio, Marina | Senior scientist (visiting from INAF, Italian National Institute of Astrophysics - Padova Observatory)

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Research Interests: Interacting binaries, novae, evolution of the type Ia supernovae progenitors, close binaries' populations in nearby galaxies. Optical, UV and X-ray observations, X-ray gratings spectra.

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Pace, Zachary | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: I'm interested in extragalactic astronomy, specifically, the interrelationship between a galaxy's gas content, stellar populations, and morphological structure. My research involves using integral field spectroscopy from targeted WIYN observations and the MaNGA survey to provide spatially-resolved star-formation histories. I occasionally delve into machine-learning, astrostatistics, and data analysis to promote and pursue best-practices. I also do some educational outreach through the SDSS Plates for Education program, Galaxy Zoo, and blogging.

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Percival, Jeff | Senior Scientist

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Research Interests:

Control systems, rocket guidance and navigation.

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Peters, Charee | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: Currently, I am working on cataloging radio observations of supernovae, tidal disruption events, active galactic nuclei, and other variable and transient events from the CHILES survey. I am looking to see how each kind of event changes in brightness and for how long. This will help to better understand each event and lead to new ways of classifying and distinguishing these different kinds of phenomena. I plan on extending this work to other wavelengths, including x-ray and optical. In the past, I have worked on modeling spectra of supernovae and typing supernova remnants via their emission morphology.

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Piddington, Cole | Machinist

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Ph: 608/263-4679
Office: 6262

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Reynolds, Ron | Emeritus

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Ph: 608-262-1249
Office: 3504 Sterling Hall

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Rosenwasser, Ben | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: My interests lie in galaxy formation and evolution, which I investigate using deep imaging surveys.

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Rybarczyk, Daniel | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: Interstellar Medium; Tiny Scale Atomic Structure (TSAS); Radio Astronomy

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Sauer, Heather | Student Coordinator

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Ph: (608) 890-3775
Office: 2554 Sterling

Savage, Blair | Emeritus

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Ph: 608-265-8786
Office: 3508 Sterling Hall

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Schaefer, Adam | Postdoctoral Researcher

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Research Interests: I am interested in using integral field spectroscopy to understand how galaxies evolve, how they acquire new material, and what causes them to start or stop forming new stars.

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Schueffner, Eric | Academic Advisor

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Ph: 608-890-3231
Office: 2508 Sterling Hall

Smith, Michael | Technical Staff

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Ph: (608) 890-2983
Office: 6213 Sterling Hall

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Sparke, Linda | Emeritus

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Research Interests: Structure and dynamics of galaxies, including observation and modelling of warped disks and polar rings; dynamical models for bars; studies of circumstellar and circumbinary disks in eccentric stellar binaries.

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Stafford, Jennifer | Graduate Student

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Office: 3511B Sterling Hall

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Stanimirovic, Snezana | Professor

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Research Interests: ISM, IGM, galaxies

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Sun, Meng | Research Associate

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Research Interests: I am a theorist working in the areas of stellar and binary evolution, asteroseismology and tidal friction in binaries. My projects cover different topics, ranging from blue stragglers in open clusters, red giant branch stars, white dwarfs to exoplanets.

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Taylor, Anthony | Graduate Student

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Office: 3511B Sterling

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Teche, Aaron | System Administrator

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Ph: (608) 262-2198
Office: 5507E Sterling Hall

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Townsend, Richard | Associate Professor

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Research Interests:

I’m interested in dynamical phenomena of massive stars – primarily, rotation, pulsation, mass loss and magnetic fields. I make extensive use of theoretical models and computational tools to explore these fascinating processes.

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Tremonti, Christy | Associate Professor

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Research Interests:

Feedback from massive stars and black holes; the triggering and quenching of star formation and black hole activity;  galactic chemical evolution

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Vanderburg, Andrew | Assistant Professor (starting Fall 2020)

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Research Interests: Observational studies of exoplanets focusing on planet detection (and developing new observational/data analysis techniques) and characterization of planet properties and system architectures.

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Vang, Andrea | Graduate Student

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Ph: 612-987-8510
Office: 6511E Sterling Hall

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Wakker, Bart | Senior Scientist

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Research Interests:

Stuff about the interstellar and intergalactic medium that NASA and NSF support.

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Wilcots, Eric | Mary C. Jacoby Professor of Astronomy, Associate Dean for the Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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Research Interests:

My research broadly focuses on understanding the evolution of individual galaxies and galaxy groups primarily through observations at radio wavelengths.  Particular topics include Magellanic-type spirals, the evolution of the gas content of galaxy groups, radio AGN, magnetic fields in and around galaxies, and the evolution of the interstellar medium in groups.

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Williams, Rick | Shop Staff

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Ph: 608-262-6155
Office: 5527 Sterling Hall

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Witherspoon, Catherine | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: I'm interested in extragalactic astronomy. More specifically, I focus on understanding gas distributions and dynamics in other galaxies.

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Wolf, Marsha | Senior Scientist

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Research Interests:

My research interests include galaxy evolution, stellar populations in galaxies, merging galaxies, post-starburst galaxies, quasar host galaxies, and astronomical instrumentation.

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Xu, Siyao | Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow

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Research Interests: MHD turbulence, turbulent dynamo, and their astrophysical applications related to e.g. cosmic rays, star formation, Gamma-ray Bursts

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Yuen, Ka Ho | Graduate Student

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Research Interests: Analytical and numerical MHD Turbulence, Grain Alignment, Star Formation

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Zhang, Ke | Assistant Professor (starting Fall 2020)

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Research Interests: My research seeks understanding of how planet formation processes affect the compositions of young planets and their future habitability. I study chemistry in the birth environments of planets, using molecular line observations to probe fundamental physical processes that are otherwise hard to constrain. I employ both numerical simulations and astronomical observations to advance our understanding of planet formation.

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Zweibel, Ellen | W. L. Kraushaar Professor of Astronomy and Physics

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Research Interests:

I’m a theoretical astrophysicist with a specialty in plasma astrophysics; evolution of astrophysical magnetic fields, interstellar astrophysics, star formation, cosmic rays, and stellar physics.

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