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ASTRONOMY RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
(and learn why research is key to the mission of the
University) - updated 2018.08.31
I am a professor in the Dept. of Physics &
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
during 2009-12 as a Prof. des Universites at
the Obs. de la Côte d'Azur, at Lab. Lagrange, Univ. de Nice, France.
I am a sometime visitor at Konkoly Observatory,
Budapest after a Fulbright Fellowship there 2018-19
I frequently help with the annual Bullitt
in Astronomy, with the last edition
held on 31 Oct 2019 in the Gheens Science Hall
& Rauch Planetarium.
Dr. Bob Williams of Space Telescope Science Institute and UC-Santa
Cruz was our featured speaker.
He talked about the Hubble Space Telescope
and his visit was hosted and organized by Dr. Benne Holwerda.
I also sometimes am on the committee which presents the annual
Scholarships and the Best Paper in Astronomy Award.
I was friends with former U. Louisville faculty member Andrew
Chamblin, who has a memorial page here.
I support lectures in his memory, both in Louisville and at other
places including Cambridge and U. Kentucky, linked here.
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 Kentucky Area Astronomical Society (KAAS) hosts
AAS Regional meetings:
Austin Peay+hybrid, Apr. 1-2, 2022 website
Online, Apr. 16-17, 2021 website
Louisville, Mar. 7, 2020 website
Morehead St., Apr. 13, 2019 website
Northern Ky U. Apr. 7, 2018 website
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
John Pritchard, graduate student
Lopez, graduate student at U. Central Lancashire,
England, supervised by Roger Clowes
for a 7' video on Alexia Lopez' work, from
BBC4, May 2022
COMPLETED UNDER MY SUPERVISION OR CO-SUPERVISION
Harris, former PhD U. Central Lancashire (2012),
former post-doc at U. de Nice (2012), then a post-doc
at Virginia Tech, currently in industry, publications
Gabriel Marinello, former PhD U. Central Lancashire
(2015), post-doc at U. de Chile, currently a data
analyst at ALMA
Collins, graduate student
2006-09, wrote MS thesis, did a PhD at UL under J.
Kielkopf, then a post-doc at Vanderbilt, currently a
post-doc at Harvard - publications
Brian Carpenter, graduate
student 2005-07, teacher at Laurel School, Shaker Heights OH
inspirational teacher award, from
Brian Carpenter [at]physicscarp
undergraduate student 2017-18, wrote Bachelor's thesis, won AAS
Chambliss Award at 2018 meeting, currently a PhD student at U.
Duong, undergraduate student 2016-17, wrote
Honors thesis, currently a PhD student at UC Santa
student 2013-14, wrote Honors thesis, currently a
PhD student at U. Victoria, BC, Canada - publications
Katherine Davis, undergraduate student
2008-09, wrote Honors thesis, won NSF
Graduate Fellowship for PhD in physics at
Purdue, was a post-doc at Princeton, now
tenure-track at Emory U.
won Fulbright to
finished PhD in
physics at U.
Oregon, in 2017 a
Sr. Engineer and
at HEE Solar,
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. I request that you
waive the right to see the reference, if I am to write the
best one possible.
description of some of what I do
FUSE links (password-protected):
spectral plots for D/H FUSE programs
Links to Professional Astronomers in
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
departments which have closed (partial list)
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
on Tap: main
website ; partial list of host
I am also the
Louisville chapter advisor for Mortar