Monday, November 25, 2013

@AstroCanada for the week of November 25 - Rob Thacker

Dr. Rob Thacker is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the department of Astronomy and Physics at Saint Mary's University. Before coming to SMU, he was an adjunct professor at Queen's University where he also held a CITA National Fellowship. During his time at Queen's he worked with Professors Larry Widrow and Stephane Courteau. Before Queen's, Rob was a post-doc at McMaster University (with Hugh Couchman), and at UC Berkeley where he worked with Marc Davis. Rob also has links with the Virgo, Hydra and Seattle Consortia. His work is focused primarily on using simulations to aid our understanding of the structure formation process. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

@AstroCanada for the Week of Nov. 18 - Jonathon Sick

Jonathan Sick is a PhD student in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics andAstronomy at at Queen's University. He is surveying the Andromeda Galaxy, a neighbour to our Milky Way, with the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. The goal of his thesis is to chart the stellar populations and structure of Andromeda and calibrate our interpretation of the near-infrared light of galaxies. Along the way, he enjoys the challenge of writing software to process the massive data sets made by today's telescopes.

Monday, November 04, 2013

@AstroCanada for the week of November 4 - Jason Rowe
Dr. Jason Rowe is currently a Research Scientist at the SETI Institute and a member of the Kepler science office. His scientific interests include exoplanet and stellar characterization to help understand the nature of distant worlds.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

@AstroCanada for the week of October 28 - Roberto Abraham

Dr. Roberto Abraham is a Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the University of Toronto. 

He specializes in observational cosmology, mainly focused on galaxy evolution. However, he also enjoys learning about other areas of astrophysics, so at any given time he is probably working on a bunch of other things too. For example, at the moment he is  working with his PhD students to build an instrument to find the first galaxies, and is trying to develop a technique to find protostellar disks in galaxies halfway back to the Big Bang, and is also  exploring the best observational strategies to exploit adaptive optics.

Monday, October 21, 2013

@AstroCanada for the week of October 21 - Michele Bannister

Dr. Michele Bannister is a postdoctoral researcher at the National Research Council Canada in Victoria, BC. The small icy worlds beyond Neptune provide insights into the early history of the Solar System. Michele is interested in understanding how they formed, evolved and reached their present orbits, and in the landforms of their surface ices.

Michele also finds time to write poetry!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

@AstroCanada for the week of October 14 - Pauline Barmby

This week @AstroCanada features Dr. Pauline Barmby. Pauline is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests are in observational extragalactic astronomy, specifically studies of galaxies and star clusters.

In her spare time Pauline enjoys reading science fiction, listening to podcasts, curling and knitting (she says the last is fun to do during long meetings)

Monday, October 07, 2013

@AstroCanada for the week of October 7 - Sarah Gallagher

This week @AstroCanada features Dr. Sarah Gallagher. Sarah is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses on investigating the nature of winds from luminous quasars using observatories from the infrared to the X-ray including NASA's Spitzer and Chandra telescopes in space.

Monday, September 30, 2013

@AstroCanada for the Week of Sept 30 - Alex Parker

This week @AstroCanada features Dr. Alex Parker. Alex is an astronomer and planetary scientist at the University of California Berkeley.
His research interests revolve around the formation and evolution of planetary systems: Asteroid and Kuiper-Belt Object dynamics and surface processes, detection and characterization of extrasolar planetary systems and protoplanetary disks, and planetary geology. Alex also does some very cool visualization work.

You can follow Alex at his personal blog -

Sunday, September 22, 2013

@AstroCanada for the Week of Sept 23 - Jason Kalirai

This week @AstroCanada features Dr. Jason Kalirai. Jason is an astronomer at STScI, and studies the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies in the local universe. His current research interests involve imaging and spectroscopic observations of resolved stellar populations, such as nearby star clusters and dwarf galaxies.

Jason is also the  Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), NASA's next flagship astrophysics mission. To read more about JWST, please visit the STScI JWST page (for astronomers) and the Webb telescope site (for the public).

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

@AstroCanada Tweeter this Week - Dennis Crabtree

@AstroCanada - Week of September 16

The first person to take over the new @AstroCanada account is Dennis Crabtree, an astronomer with the National Research Council's Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics programs. Dennis is located at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, BC. He manages the time allocation process for Canada's three main offshore telescopes - CFHT, Gemini and JCMT. Dennis also maintains a database of papers published by the major telescopes and tracks these telescope's productivity (# of papers published) and their scientific impact (# of citations).