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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Cropped portrait style photo of Shuiyao Huang. A man with short beard and dark hair stands in front of a light beige background

The Thesis Defense will be held Wednesday, August 25, 2021 3:00pm via Zoom.


The propagation and evolution of cold galactic winds in galactic haloes is crucial to galaxy formation models. However, modeling of this process in hydrodynamic simulations of galaxy formation is over-simplified owing to a lack of numerical resolution and often neglects critical physical processes such as hydrodynamic instabilities and thermal conduction. In this thesis, I propose an analytic model, Physically Evolved Winds (PhEW), that calculates the evolution of individual clouds moving supersonically through a uniform ambient medium. The model reproduces predictions from very high resolution cloud-crushing simulations that include isotropic thermal conduction over a wide range of physical conditions. I also describe the implementation of this model into cosmological hydrodynamic simulations of galaxy formation as a sub-grid prescription to model galactic winds more robustly both physically and numerically.


Tuesday, June 22, 2021
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It is with immense pleasure that we announce Dr. Alexandra Pope's promotion to Full Professor. Congratulations Prof. Pope!


Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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Congratulations to Mount Holyoke College Professor Darby Dyar!


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Thursday, May 27, 2021
Daniel Wang

New research discloses details of violent phenomena in the center of our galaxy.


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Friday, May 14, 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Katherine Whitaker

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) announces the selection of the 2021-22 Lilly Fellows for Teaching Excellence.


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Monday, April 5, 2021
Sinclaire Manning

Sinclaire's research focuses on studying the enigmatic population of dusty star-forming galaxies in the early Universe.


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Friday, March 26, 2021
Physics and Astronomy majors Meredith Stone (UMass) and Lena Treiber (Amherst College) have been awarded the 2021 Goldwater Scholarship!
"The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, 
and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors 
who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields."
More information at:
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Kate Mallory

Kate is a Physics major with a concentration in Astronomy, who is working on a project to understand star formation in nearby galaxies.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Polarised view of the black hole in M87. The lines mark the orientation of polarisation, which is related to the magnetic field around the shadow of the black hole. Credit: © EHT Collaboration
Profs. Gopal Narayanan and Pete Schloerb are among the authors of a new publication by the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration on the supermassive black hole in the center
of the galaxy M87. This new paper shows, for the first time, the signatures of the magnetic field surrounding the black hole. These observations help illuminate how black holes launch powerful, galactic-scale jets.