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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 bulgeless 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.





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



GROUP ALUMNI


Jacob Green ; Fall 2015 -- Spring 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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