Astronomy and Astrophysics at CUNY
The Astronomy and Astrophysics programs at CUNY are involved in a wide array of research topics, integrating many devoted faculty members with undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers. Research in all areas is carried out both at each member's home institution as well as in conjunction with a research facility program at the American Museum of Natural History's Astrophysics Department.
CUNY Physics PhD Program
AMNH/CUNY NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Research Areas: Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Active Galactic Nuclei, Black Holes, Star Formation, Low Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs, Interstellar Medium, Giant Planets
Astrophysics at CUNY Colleges:
City Tech (Brooklyn), Hunter (Manhattan), York (Queens), Staten Island, Lehman (Bronx), BMCC (Manhattan), and Medgar Evers (Brooklyn).
American Museum of Natural History, New York University, Columbia University, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Sciences (GISS)
NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Award to CUNY Collaboration
Kelle Cruz (Hunter College), Emily Rice (College of Staten Island), and Jackie Faherty (Carngeie-DTM & AMNH) of the BDNYC collaboration
have been awarded $350,000 from the Astronomy and Astrophysics program of the National Science Foundation
to study brown dwarfs — objects in between stars and planets in mass. The project will exploit the properties of well-characterized benchmarks to test, interpret, and refine atmosphere and evolutionary models. Brown dwarfs are promising analogs for young, massive exoplanets and this project will creatively advance our understanding of the key physical parameters that sculpt the observed spectral data of exoplanet atmospheres.
In research published in the Monthly Notices
of the Royal Astronomical Society, scientists from the American Museum of Natural History, the City University of New York, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics propose that intermediate-mass black holes can grow in the gas disks around supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. See it here in Sky and Telescope!
Cosmology (PHYS 76000)
Grad Center, Fall 2013
Instructor: Ari Maller
Astrophysics I (PHYS 75700)
Grad Center, Fall 2012
Instructor: Timothy Paglione
Astrophysics II (PHYS 85700)
Grad Center, Spring 2013
Instructor: Charles Liu
Galactic Physics I (PHYS 75800), Galactic Physics II (PHYS 75900), Stellar Physics (PHYS 84700), Stellar Evolution (PHYS 84800)
Chair: Timothy Paglione
Grad Chairs: Kelle Cruz (Research), Ariyeh Maller (Curriculum)
Undergrad Chairs: Emily Rice (Research), Saavik Ford (Curriculum)
Grad Admissions: Matt O'Dowd
Astro 101 Coordinator: Matt O'Dowd
AMNH-CUNY Liason: Kelle Cruz
Physics PhD Program: firstname.lastname@example.org