Talk Title: Galaxy Formation and Evolution: from the Outside
3:30 p.m. March 17, 2010
Tucson Marriott University Park
Dr. Heather Morrison
Description: Dr. Mossison’s talk will cover what we learn about galaxy formation both from the outer regions of stellar halos and from outer disks; both give insight to how galaxies group hierarchically, over different mass ranges.
About the Speaker
Heather Morrison is an astronomer who works to understand how galaxies form and evolve. She is an observer with strong connections to theory. She did her graduate work in Australia, and after postdoctoral positions as a Carnegie Fellow in Pasadena and a Hubble Fellow at NOAO, is now Professor of Astronomy at Case Western Reserve University. She has published extensively on the structure and origins of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies, and now chairs the SDSS’s SEGUE Survey’s Science team. She is keenly interested in philosophy of science, and co-founded the CWRU Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable in 2000.