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JMU
Active Galactic Nuclei - Laboratory for Astronomical Image Reduction
GROUP MEMBERS


Jason Ferguson ; Summer 2015 -- present; physics major
- project: Large Binocular Telescope spectroscopy of Active Galactic Nuclei
* 2015 Summer Research Symposium (poster)
* 227th AAS Meeting, January 2016 (poster)
* 2016 PandA Research Symposium (talk)
* poster presentation at the 13th CAA Undergraduate Research Conference, The College of William and Mary, April 2016.
* poster presentation at the 2016 JMU Summer Symposiuym July 2016.
* 229th AAS Meeting, January 2017 (poster)
* 2017 PandA Research Symposium (talk) = 3rd place for best presentation!


Catherine Witherspoon ; Summer 2014 -- present; physics major
- project: the mid-IR Spectral Energy Distribution of maser galaxies
* 2014 Summer Research Symposium (poster)
* 2015 PandA Research Symposium (talk)
* 227th AAS Meeting, January 2016 (poster)
* poster presentation at the 30th National Conference on Undergraduate Research , UNC Asheville, April 2016.
Summer 2016: REU intern at university of Wyoming , focusing on identifying and characterizing distant quasars
* Honors Thesis: Mid-IR Properties of H2O Megamaser Disks ; Defended April 2017.


Noah Ripchik ; Spring 2017 -- present; physics major
- project: X-raying the hosts of water masers; data mining of large public databases for multiwavelength information on galaxy centers with and without water maser emission





Catherine Witherspoon and Chris Castillo observing with the Green Bank Telescope, December 2014:



GROUP ALUMNI


Jacob Green ; Fall 2015 -- 2016; physics major
- project: Monte-Carlo simulations of Active Galactic Nuclei optical spectra and decade scale variablity in their Broad Line Region
* 2016 PandA Research Symposium (talk)
* poster presentation at the 13th CAA Undergraduate Research Conference, The College of William and Mary, April 2016.


Chris Castillo ; Spring 2014 -- 2015; physics major
- project: spectral analysis, detection and measurements of the broad line region in Hubble Space Telescope - Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) spectra of nearby galaxy nuclei.
* Constantin et al. (incl. Castillo), in The Astrophysical Journal, arxiv:1509.04297

- project: building and optical characterization of the largest samples of voids and void galaxies.
* 2014 Summer Research Symposium (poster)
* Poster presented at "Transformational Science in the ALMA Era: Multi-Wavelength Studies of Galaxy Evolution" Meeting, August 4-7, Charlottesville, VA
* 2015 PandA Research Symposium (talk)
* NCUR 2015 (poster)


Josiah Lapolla ; Fall 2013 -- 2015; physics major
- project: mid-IR characterization of cosmic void galaxies with the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
* 2014 Summer Research Symposium (poster)
Summer 2015: REU intern at Montana State University, pursuing research in solar physics


Emily Dick ; Summer 2013 -- 2015; physics major
- project: The WISE search for megamasers: properties of maser and non-maser galaxies measured by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer;
* 223rd AAS Meeting, January 2014 (poster)
* featured on *JMU's Bright Lights* JMU's Madison Magazine, Winter 2014
* 2014 PandA Research Symposium (talk slides)
Summer 2014: REU intern at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, searching for variability among highly evolved stars


Robert Roten ; Spring 2013 -- Spring 2014; physics major
- projects: coincidence of nuclear star clusters and maser activity in galaxy centers; investigation of the variability of the broad line region in galaxy nuclei; database building and mining;
* 223rd AAS Meeting, January 2014 (poster) on our "Team Awestronomy" outreach group project
* 2014 PandA Research Symposium (talk slides)


Emil Christensen; Spring 2012 -- Spring 2014; physics major
- projects: statistical analysis of the optical spectroscopic properties of the galaxies with and without masers in their centers; database building and mining; PCA & Multivariate analysis
* talk at the 2013 PandA Research Symposium
* press release on Emil's work on *JMU Stories* "Amazing megamasers: JMU researcher pursuing 'holy grail of astronomy'"
* represented JMU physics at the 11th CAA Undergraduate Research Conference, University of Delaware, Wilmington, DE, April 2013. Here is his poster (pdf).
* 223rd AAS Meeting, January 2014 (poster)
* 2014 PandA Research Symposium (talk slides) = best presentation!
Summer 2014: REU intern at Space Telescope Science Institute, modeling infrared Spectral Energy Distributions with silicate features


Drew Nutter ; Spring 2013 -- 2014; physics major
- projects: panchromatic investigation of the galaxies hosting water maser activity; database building and mining; X-ray detection and fraction among water masing galaxies; X-ray properties of masing galaxies
* 2013 REU Research Symposium, JMU (talk slides)
* 223rd AAS Meeting, January 2014 (poster)


James Corcoran; Summer 2011 -- Spring 2013; physics major
- project: SDSS database mining; analysis of the role of galactic morphology on (mega)maser emission; data mining of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) catalogs.
* talk at the 2012 PandA Research Symposium
* represented JMU physics at the 10th CAA Undergraduate Research Conference, Old Dominion University in Norfolk, April 2012. Here is his poster (pdf).
* talk at the 2013 PandA Research Symposium


Nathan DiDomenico; Summer 2010 -- Spring 2013; physics major
- project: database mining; cross-matching surveys; identifying and understanding the optical properties of megamasers' host galaxies; developing, testing and implementing Principal Ccomponent Analysis software.
* 2011 PandA Research Symposium (movie) = second best presentation!
* poster at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Section of the APS, October 2011
* 2012 REU Research Symposium, JMU (talk slides)
Jamil Guevara; Summer 2012; physics major
- project: optical spectroscopy of galaxy nuclei; spectral fitting, preparing datasets for new ground-based observations; data mining.
Thomas Redpath; Summer & Fall 2011; physics major
- project: SDSS database mining; investigating the large and small scale environment of maser galaxies via near-neighbor statistics
* poster at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Section of the APS, October 2011
* refereed journal paper in the Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal, 2012: "A Near-Neighbor Statistical Survey of the Environments of Galaxies with Water Masers," with Nathan DiDomenico and James Corcoran.
Anthony Miles; Spring 2011; computer-science major
- project: X-ray analysis of Chandra data; udnerstanding the X-ray morphology of X-ray Bright Optically Normal Galaxies (or... XBONGs)
* 2011 PandA Research Symposium (movie)
Katherine Blair Maginn; Summer 2010 -Fall 2011; physics major
- project: quasar spectral analysis; HST spectroscopy.
Scott Fix, Research Assistant, 2009-2010
(JMU physics graduate, 2007)
- project: Nebular optical emission in nearby galaxy nuclei. Optical spectroscopy.
* 2010 PandA Research Symposium
Greg Minutillo; Spring+Summer 2010; biology major
project: morphological classification of Chandra detected SDSS galaxies
* 2010 PandA Research Symposium
Brittney Byars; 2009-2010; physics major
- project: properties of obscuring dust in quasars; HST spectroscopic data analysis
* 2010 PandA Research Symposium
Laura Simone; 2009-2010; physics major
- project: structure of obscuring dust in quasars













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