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I am an associate
professor in the Dept.
of Physics & Astronomy at the University
of Louisville .
E-mail: gmwill06 (-at-) louisville dot edu
NB: do NOT e-mail to my departmental account
physics.louisville.edu as it is retired and may not forward.
Office: Natural Science Bldg #206, tel. 502/852-0821, fax
Here are driving
directions and a map of main
(on which we are in Bldg 34). I am also a Visiting Fellow at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute
for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at U. Central Lancashire,
a member of the
Institute for Computational and
Astrophysical Sciences at the
Catholic University of America, the Jeremy Horrocks and worked as
a Prof. des Universities at
the Obs. de la Côte d'Azur, at Lab. Lagrange, Univ. de Nice, France.
I frequently help to organize the annual Bullitt
in Astronomy, with the next edition to
held on Thu Oct. 26, 2017, time to be announced, in the Gheens Science Hall
& Rauch Planetarium.
Dr. Candice Hansen of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab will our featured
speaker. She will talk about results from the
Juno mission, which arrived at Jupiter in July 2016.
I also sometimes am on the committee which presents the annual
Scholarships and the Best Paper in Astronomy Award.
GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE OF 2017
THE UNIV. OF LOUISVILLE AND COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
CLICK HERE FOR RESOURCES/LINKS
I spoke on the Great American
Eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017 at Against
the Grain on 17 May 2017 for "Louisville
It followed another 25 minute lecture by my student, Nicholas
Duong, on Near-Earth Asteroids.
The two 25 minute audios, slides and animations are here.
I spoke on the formation of stars in distant galaxies at Against
the Grain on 15 Oct 2014 for "Louisville
The 43 minute audio, slides and animations are here.
I also help to organize the Public Astronomy Lecture Series
(PALS), started in Nov 2015. Our talks are archived
(slides and audio files).
Here is my interview on NPR's
Science Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 on the colossal Large Quasar
found by Roger Clowes and collaborators.
The KY professional astronomical community hosts AAS Regional
Murray St. U. Apr. 8, 2017 website
Eastern Ky U. Apr 9, 2016 website.
U. Kentucky May 3, 2014 website.
- Large Scale
- Quasar Absorption
- D/H in the
- Data Mining (SDSS
and other ground-based/space-based)
Outside Research Groups:
Lauroesch, currently Assoc Professor (collaborator),
former research scientist
Haberzettl, currently Adjunct Professor and Linux
system manager, former post-doc
Hornbeck, graduate student - publications
Nick Duong, undergraduate student 2015-16, writing Honors
Harris, former PhD U. Central Lancashire (till
2012), former post-doc at U. de Nice (2012), last
position a post-doc at Virginia Tech, publications
Collins, graduate student 2006-09, wrote MS thesis -
Brian Carpenter, graduate student 2005-07,
teacher at Laurel School, Shaker Heights OH
inspirational teacher award, from MIT, 2013
Brian Carpenter [at]physicscarp
student 2013-14, wrote Honors thesis, currently a
PhD student at U. Victoria, BC, Canada - publications
undergraduate student 2008-09, wrote
Honors thesis, won NSF Graduate Fellowship
for PhD in physics at Purdue, now a
post-doc at Princeton
won Fulbright to
finished PhD in
physics at U.
Oregon, now at
Nat'l Center for
Nat'l Energy Lab,
If you want me to write a reference for you, I need (1) all
university transcripts (if you graduated in the past 3 years),
(2) your current CV and publications list, (3) the job/graduate
school ad, (4) any essays you need to write, with at least 3 weeks' notice
description of some of what I do
FUSE links (password-protected):
spectral plots for D/H FUSE programs
Links to Professional Astronomers in
Links to U. Louisville Astronomy
for junior/senior year or graduate school
to the Universe: International Year of Astronomy 2009
(400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope)
Louisville Astronomers' View of
40th Anniversary of First Manned Lunar Landing: Tim
Dowling & Gerry Williger
in ACC/U Louisville Benchmark Institutions
Academic Consortium (includes fellowship/REU
Physics and Astronomy
NRC (US, ~35 depts.)
Guardian (World top 100)
US (31 universities), UK (13), Germany
(8), Australia (5), Japan (5), Canada (4),
France (4), Netherlands (4), Switzerland (4), China
(4), Hong Kong (3), Israel (2),
South Korea (2), Singapore (2), Spain (2), Denmark
(1), Finland (1), Ireland (1), Italy (1),
Russia (1), Sweden (1), Taiwan (1)
By language: English (54 (59 with Hong Kong &
Singapore)), German (11), French (5), Japanese (5),
Dutch (5), Mandarin (5), Cantonese (3), Hebrew (2),
Korean (2), Malay (2),
Spanish (2), Danish (1), Finnish (1), Italian (1),
Russian (1), Swedish (1)
Reasons Why Caltech is the World's #1 (Research)
University, Times Higher Education (UK), 17 Feb
2014, Phil Baty
I am also the
Louisville chapter advisor for Mortar