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.