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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!

My CV, research, and teaching statements as of November 2008

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This predigested CV is almost enough to make you hire me on the spot:
  1. 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 politicians.
  2. 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.
  3. 2003-5: I did my first postdoc at DAMTP in Cambridge, UK in the Relativity and Gravitation group working primarily on what cosmological parameters were sensitive to galaxy cluster velocities.
  4. 1997-2003: I earned my PhD in Physics at UC Davis in Physics (Cosmology).
I have been busy (in order of most recent first):
  1. updating Numerical Action Method modelling of the local group (out to 40 Mpc or so = 3000 km/s for you astronomy types);
  2. estimating the effect of the kinetic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect from the Milky Way (yes, you read that right) on CMB observations;
  3. characterizing selection effects on Galaxy Cluster Peculiar Velocities by running multiple "small" (hey, it's all relative) simulations with different cosmological parameters;
  4. developing a clever method for combining real-space information about clusters with weak lensing maps;
  5. developing polarization analysis software for Peter Timbie's COMPASS group;
  6. creating fast methods for analyzing megapixel CMB maps.
See arXiv or NASA ADS for more information.
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