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Assistant Professor of Physics
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Assistant Professor of Physics
My general interest is in studying the formation and evolution of galaxies beyond the Milky Way Galaxy. I specifically have focused most of my work on dwarf galaxies which are the lowest-mass galaxies in the local Universe. These galaxies provide us a unique window into understanding the earliest galaxies in the Universe as well as providing crucial insight into how galaxies have evolved over time. My most recent work has been with the SHIELD project which is a multi-wavelength study of very intriguing subset of lowest-mass star-forming galaxies. My primary focus is on determining the chemical abundances of star-forming regions in these galaxies through the use of long-slit spectroscopy and using that to aid in our understanding of their star-formation histories.
Years at Knox: 2013 to present
Ph.D., Astronomy and Physics, 2013, Indiana University.
M.A., Astronomy, 2008, Indiana University.
B.A., Physics, cum laude, 2006, Knox College.
Astronomy, The Search for Extraterrestrial Life, Introductory Physics, Optics, Observational Astronomy, Stellar and Extragalactic Astrophysics
Frederick E. and Ida J. Hummel Foundation: Acquisition of a Spectrograph System for Astronomy Courses, Research, and Community Outreach a Knox College, December 2014.
Research Fellow, Indiana University Department of Astronomy, Bloomington, Indiana.
Indiana Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship, May 2012 - May 2015.
Graduate Research Fellowship, Indiana Space Grant Consortium, 2012-2013.
College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Year Fellowship, August 2011 - June 2012.
Indiana Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship, March 2009 - March 2010.
Recipient of the Indiana University Outreach Award, 2010.
Graduate Research Fellowship, Indiana Space Grant Consortium, 200-2010.
Recipient of the Frank and Margaret Edmonson Prize, 2009.
NASA International Year of Astronomy Ambassador Fellowship, 2009.
Recipient of the Smith Prize for Achievement in Physics, 2006.
Rhode, K. L., Salzer, J. J., Haurber'gl N. C., Van Sistine, A., Young, M. D., Haynes, M. P., Giovanelli, R., Cannon, J. M., Skillman, E. D., McQuinn, K. B. W., 81 Adams, E. A. K., ALFAZLF/l Dzlfcovery 0f a New Local Group Caa9L9a[c.'DLl1tance Eatimate an@ Redalfa from Optical Imaging ofLeo P, submitted.
Haurberg, N.C., Lubell, G.M.G., Cohn, H.N., Lugger, P.M., Anderson, J., Cool, A.M. & Serenelli, A.M. 2010, ApJ, 722, 158; Ultaviolet-bright Stellar Populations and Their Evolutionary Implications in the Collapsed-core Cluster M15.
Invited Talk, Indiana Astronomical Society CbemúalAáunßancea of 12 Low-Mada Galaxieafram tbe Arecibo Dual Beam Survey, August, 2012.
Poster, 215'h Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Washington, DC UV -Brig/.vt Stellar Population.; ¿n t/re Core :rf/1115, Haurbergl N., Lubell, G. M. G., Lugger, P. M., Cohn, H. N., Anderson, J., Cool, A., 8l Serenelli, A. M., January, 2010.
Invited talk, "Exotic Stars in Globular Clusters: How Old Stellar Systems are Fueling a Hot Topic," Knox College, October, 2008.
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