Office: Halsey 355
(Me at the Gemini North Observatory, October 2005)
Spring 2010 Courses:
PHYS 104/114 - Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
PHYS 202 - Dynamics
PHYS 320 - Classical Physics
Previous Courses Taught
My research interests lie in studying the stellar populations of globular clusters and dwarf galaxies. By understanding their stellar populations, we may gain a better understanding of the way our Milky Way has formed. The research I do focuses on the use of variable stars to probe properties such as age, metallicity, and distances in these systems. I have also used high-resolution stellar spectroscopy to examine the chemical evolution of stars in globular clusters and dwarf galaxies.
Over the past year I have primarily worked on wrapping up an investigation of variable stars in M33. In addition to that, I have begun studying the variable star populations in the M31 dwarf spheroidal And VII.
Here is the poster on our preliminary M33 results I presented at the winter American Astronomical Society meeting in January 2009.
The Globular Cluster NGC 5286. II. Variable Stars
M. Zorotovic, M. Catelan, H. A. Smith, B.J. Pritzl, P. Aguirre, R. E. Angulo, M. Aravena, R. J. Assef, C. Contreras, C. Cortes, G. De Martini, M. E. Escobar, D. Gonzalez, P. Jofre, I. Lacerna, C. Navarro, O. Palma, G. E. Prieto, E. Recabarren, J. Trivino, & E. Vidal 2010, AJ, 139, 357 (Abstract)
The Variable Star Population of the Globular Cluster B514 in the Andromeda Galaxy
G. Clementini, R. Contreras, L. Federici, C. Cacciari, R. Merighi, H. A. Smith, M. Catelan, F. Fusi Pecci, M. Marconi, K. Kinemuchi, & B. J. Pritzl 2009, ApJ Letters, 704, 103 (Abstract)
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