* JMU AGN-LAIR Group Members

* PhD Thesis

* Science with small telescopes: The Cat's Eye

* ChaMP



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Department of Physics and Astronomy
James Madison University
PHCH 2182; MSC 4502
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Tel: +1 540-568-5630
Fax: +1 540-568-2800

E-Mail: constaax jmu edu

Bio at a glance:

I received my BSc in Physics at The University of Bucharest where I studied molecular and atomic physics and Astrophysics. I completed my PhD at Ohio University, where Joe Shields introduced me to the galaxies whose centers harbor actively feeding (supermassive) black holes (a.k.a., Active Galactic Nuclei). Here I had the chance to explore (using Keck) some of the most distant such systems: the quasars that emitted their light more than 90% look-back time in the Universe's life. I then moved to Drexel University where I seriously extended my knowledge and skills while working with Michael Vogeley on the large scale structure of the Universe. While here, I participated into the auspicious SDSS collaboration . My work for the following two years took me to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where I continued to explore the galaxy centers through the X-ray "eyes" of Chandra, while working with Paul Green. I am now an associate professor at JMU, where I teach physics and astronomy, and I continue to develop new techniques of investigations of how black holes grow in galaxy centers. I have observed at the Kitt Peak, the MMT Observatories, the Gemini North Observatory, and with the GBT.

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