Professor of Astronomy
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Research interests: The study of gamma-ray bursts, optical transients (mainly from the Pan-STARRS project), and magnetic fields in low-mass stars and brown dwarfs. He uses observations across the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio to γ-rays.
Robert Treat Paine Professor of Practical Astronomy
Research Interests: Compact objects and binaries in globular clusters and the origin and evolution of compact X-ray binaries. Accretion onto white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. Development of a balloon-borne hard X-ray-imaging telescope and future space missions for hard X-ray observations of X-ray binaries and quasars.
Research interests: Observations of supernovae for themselves and for cosmology using HST, Magellan, MMT, and the Whipple Observatory. Use of rest frame infrared observations for Type Ia supernovae to improve measurements of dark energy properties. Ongoing Hubble Space Telescope study of SN 1987A, the brightest since 1604!
Research Interests: Her research focuses on the catastrophic death of stars, “supernovae”. She combines astronomical data sets from many observatories and satellites in order to probe the eruptive, destructive, and explosive nature of supernovae and their role in the Universe.