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Aaron Smith Wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

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Aaron Smith

April 2014

Second-year graduate student Aaron Smith has been awarded a full NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Aaron works with Volker Bromm on The Lyman-alpha signature of the first galaxies. His project focuses on different aspects of propagation of Lyman-alpha emission in early galaxies. The main tool is the Cosmic Lyman-alpha Transfer Code (COLT), developed by Aaron to connect with cosmological galaxy formation simulations. The high luminosity Lyman-alpha sources interact with their host environments according to the local density, ionization, and velocity structure. Theoretical predictions from such simulations coupled with observations made with current- and next-generation facilities, such as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), allow us to 'shed light on the cosmic Dark Ages.' The NSF fellowship provides 3 years of full support.

Tune In and Be 'Blinded With Science'

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Astronomy graduate student Michael Gully-Santiago hosts 'They Blinded Me with Science' on KVRX 91.7 Mondays at 8:30pm, discussing active research at the College of Natural Sciences and around the world. Find an archive at podcast, and enjoy this CNS news feature on the program.

223rd AAS Meeting - Washington, D.C. - January 2014

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Graduate student Matt Stevans presents a poster on the NEWFIRM HETDEX Survey plan at the 223rd semiannual AAS meeting in Washington, D.C., which will gather extinction-corrected star-formation rates (SFRs) for ~400,000 galaxies at 2 < z < 3.5.