It's not too late! I'm available for a full-time faculty position
starting as soon as the Fall of 2009. I'm looking for a position which
balances research with teaching and my CV
will no doubt convince you that I not only enjoy teaching
tremendously, I'm pretty good at it, too. I am not, of course, above
a pure research postdoctoral position, either. Why not avoid the rush
and send me an offer, say, right
now? I did warn you this page was shameless!
This predigested CV is almost enough to make you hire me on the spot:
I have been busy (in order of most recent first):
2007-present: I am co-director of an Honors level living-and-learning
program here at UMD.
The College Park
Scholars' Science, Discovery and
the Universe program involves about 130 Freshmen and Sophomores. Most of
the students live
together in one residence hall and
self-identify as interested in Astronomy in particular and Science
in general. We organize weekly colloquia, occasional guest speakers and
excursions to off-campus sites as part of a broad academic package.
During their sophomore year, we help them secure an internship, mentorship
or service-learning project to further their undergraduate career and require
them to participate in an end-of-the-year poster session which is attended by
University administration and faculty and Maryland county and statewide
- 2005-present: I am also still working in the U.
Maryland Astronomy Department
with the Space
Interferometry Mission's Dynamics
of Galaxies project. We've been using Numerical Action Methods to model
the Local Group's assembly history, tracking both position and velocity and
constraining the mass of the local group.
I did my first postdoc at DAMTP
in Cambridge, UK in the
group working primarily on what cosmological parameters were sensitive
to galaxy cluster velocities.
- 1997-2003: I earned my PhD in Physics at UC
Davis in Physics (Cosmology).
See arXiv or NASA
ADS for more information.
- updating Numerical Action Method modelling of the local
group (out to 40 Mpc or so = 3000 km/s for you astronomy types);
- estimating the effect of the kinetic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect from
the Milky Way (yes, you read that right) on CMB observations;
- characterizing selection effects on Galaxy Cluster
Peculiar Velocities by running multiple "small" (hey, it's all
relative) simulations with different cosmological parameters;
- developing a clever method for combining real-space information about
clusters with weak lensing maps;
- developing polarization analysis
software for Peter Timbie's COMPASS group;
- creating fast methods for analyzing megapixel CMB maps.
Main page |
Astronomy at Maryland