Notice To Users

Gerard Williger

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 as it is retired and may not forward.
Office: Natural Science Bldg #206,  tel. 502/852-0821, fax 502/852-0742. 
Here are driving directions and a map of main campus
(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, Preston, England,
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 and currently guest-lecture and visit often
the Obs. de la Côte d'Azur, at Lab. Lagrange, Univ. de Nice, France.

I frequently help to organize the annual Bullitt Lecture in Astronomy, with this year's edition
held on Thu Oct. 16, 2014, in the Gheens Science Hall
and Rauch Planetarium.  Rogier Windhorst (Arizona St. U.) is our featured speaker,
and will discuss "The James Webb Space Telescope".  I also sometimes am on the committee which presents the annual
Bullitt Scholarships and the Best Paper in Astronomy Award.

I spoke on the formation of stars in distant galaxies at Against the Grain on 15 Oct 2014 for "Louisville Underground Science".
The 43 minute audio, slides and animations are here.

Here is my interview on NPR's Science Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 on the colossal Large Quasar Group
found by Roger Clowes and collaborators.

The KY professional astronomical community is hosting an AAS Regional conference at U. Kentucky, Lexington
on Sat. May 3, 2014, 10am-4:30pm.  Details are here.

Main Interests:

Outside Research Groups:

Louisville Research Group:
Jim Lauroesch, Assistant Professor (collaborator), former research scientist
Lutz Haberzettl, currently Adjunct Professor and Linux system manager, former post-doc
Jeremy Hornbeck, graduate student - publications
Jared Keown, undergraduate student 2013-14, wrote Honors thesis, going to graduate school in astronomy - publications

Former students:
Brian Carpenter, graduate student 2005-07, teacher at Laurel School, Shaker Heights OH
won inspirational teacher award, from MIT, 2013
twitter account, Brian Carpenter [at]physicscarp
Karen Collins, graduate student 2006-09, wrote MS thesis - publications

Wes Miller, undergraduate student 2006-07, won Fulbright to Konkoly Observatory, Budapest 2007, doing PhD in physics at U. Oregon, publications

Katherine Davis, undergraduate student 2008-09, wrote Honors thesis, won NSF Graduate Fellowship for PhD in physics at Purdue

Short CV

A popular description of some of what I do

FUSE links (password-protected):

D/H team page
D/H target index
postscript spectral plots for D/H FUSE programs
Links to Professional Astronomers in Kentucky

Links to U. Louisville Astronomy Student webpages

Teaching/Summer Internship Suggestions/Career Advice

Scholarships for junior/senior year or graduate school

Publications/Conference proceedings/Press Releases

Popular Topics/Links/Popular Press Articles (including on our research)

Portal 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

Popular Astronomy Talks and Talk Archive at U. Louisville

Regional Astronomy-related Seminars

Physics/Astronomy Departments in Big East/U Louisville Benchmark Institutions

Physics and Astronomy rankings: 2010 NRC (US, ~35 depts.) and 2011 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)

Ten Reasons Why Caltech is the World's #1 (Research) University, Times Higher Education (UK), 17 Feb 2014, Phil Baty

Journal/Preprint Links

I am also the Louisville chapter advisor for Mortar Board


Useful data

Computer tools

Links (Magyar/Deutsch/Francais, Magyar Egyhaz)