NAC IV Program

NAC IV Workshop Program

2016 NAC IV Workshop Goals

  • To bring together NAC students, mentors, and representatives from HBCUs, majority universities, professional societies, funding agencies, and observatories, to provide opportunities for networking
  • To give NAC students an opportunity to share their summer research experiences

Presentations Site

Are you presenting?

In order to help the program go smoothly, and to minimize delays, we’d like to ask all presenters to do two things:

  1. Please upload your presentation to this site: - using the ‘talk’ email address
  2. Bring your presentation on a thumb drive, preferably having it ready first thing Saturday morning, in case there are changes to the program, or unexpected technical difficulties

Please note that the program is subject to change.

Friday, September 9th


Begin TimeEnd TimeRoom (all Blackburn Center)
4:00pm 5:30pm Hilltop Lounge
NAC Advisory Board meeting (board members)
5:30pm 6:30pm Gallery Registration
6:00pm 8:00pm Hilltop Lounge Reception
6:30pm 7:00pm Hilltop Lounge Keynote Speaker: Ted Hodapp - Changing Graduate Education Demographics: The APS Bridge Program
7:00pm 8:00pm Hilltop Lounge Reception continues


Saturday, September 10th

All presentations will take place in the Gallery

Begin Time End Time Room Event/Speaker Talk Title
8:00 AM 8:55 AM Hilltop Lounge
8:55 AM 9:00 AM Gallery
Marcus Alfred Welcome from Howard
9:00 AM 9:05 AM
Tony Beasley Welcome from NRAO
9:05 AM 9:10 AM Tim Spuck/John Mester
Welcome from AUI
9:10 AM 9:15 AM Paul Gueye
NSBP Welcome
9:25 AM 9:35 AM
Lyndele von Schill/Joyce Ivory
Overview of weekend
9:35 AM 9:45 AM
Lou Strolger/Jessica Kenney
Overview of STSci NAC Cohort
10 + 5 Elizabeth Johnson Discovering Cepheid and RR Lyrae Stars: Pan-STARRS Catalog & Robotically Controlled Telescopes
10 + 5 Bridget Kayetesi Single Star HII Regions In Nearby Galaxies
10 + 5 Jacqueline Antwi-Danso Feeding the Milky Way: Properties of the Leading Arm of the Magellanic Stream
10 + 5 Stefenie Minto Extra Solar Planet Science with a Non Redundant Mask
10:45 AM 11:00 AM Emmanuel Rowe
Fisk Vanderbilt Bridge Program
11:00 AM 11:15 AM Hilltop AM Break
AM Break
11:15 AM 11:25 AM
Jessica Kenney, STSci
Careers at STScI
11:25 AM 11:35 AM
Sinclaire Manning (UT - Austin) How I Got to Now: The Importance of Mentorship
11:35 AM 11:45 AM
Padi Boyd/Joel Coley
Careers at NASA
11:45 AM 11:55 AM Morgan McLeod Engineering Opportunities at the NRAO’s Central Development Lab
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Hilltop LUNCH
1:00 PM 1:15 PM
Rachel Ivie (AIP) Employment and Career Paths in Physics and STEM
1:15 PM 1:25 PM Paul Gueye National Society of Black Physicists
1:25 PM 1:30 PM
Brian Kirk Overview of NRAO-CV NAC Cohort
1:30 PM 2:35 PM
NAC students NRAO NAC-CV Students

Jeanine Shea Southern H+ Region Discovery Survey

Kendal Sandridge
Rewriting the ALMA Band 6 Cartridge Test System and Implementing a Phase Stability Test Procedure
Alia Wofford (LSAMP) How Dense Molecular Gases Contribute to Star Formation in the Starburst Galaxy NGC 2146?
Antonio Porras High Resolution 33 GHz Observations of Embedded Star Formation in NGC 6240
2:35 PM 2:45 PM
Jim Ulvestad (AST/NSF) NSF Astronomy and the NSF Commitment to Diversity
2:45 PM 2:55 PM
Keisha John (UVA) Funding Graduate School and Beyond
2:55 PM 3:15 PM Hilltop
PM Break
PM Break
3:15 PM 3:25 PM
Linnea Saby Socorro Cohort overview
10 + 5 Jaquelin Erazo Calculating the Flux Density of Cas A with LWA
10 + 5 Anya Raj Utilizing Project Management Methods to Build and Restore Radio Telescopes
10 + 5 Kelsey Lund Probing Magnetized Turbulence in the Fermi Bubbles
10 + 5 Sergio Smith Long-Term Timing of Globular Cluster Pulsars
4:30 PM 4:45 PM
Jeremy Goodman (Princeton)
Astrophysical Opportunities at Princeton
4:45 PM 5:00 PM
Max Mutchler (AURA/StSci) A hiring manager’s view of astronomy careers and inclusion
5:00 PM 5:30 PM

Closing remarks


Sunday, September 11th

Begin Time End Time Room Event/Speaker Talk Title
8:00 AM 8:45 AM Hilltop
Check in Breakfast
8:45 AM
9:00 AM
Welcome and Overview
9:00 AM 9:15 AM Eric Hooper The NAC at UW-Madison
10 + 5

Travis Stadler
Galaxies Up Close
10 + 5 Natalie Delworth Algorithms for Finding Substructure in Galaxy Groups
9:45 AM 10:00 AM

10:00 AM 10:15 AM Hilltop AM Break
AM Break
10:15 AM 10:20 AM Joyce Johnson Overview of Breakout Session
10:20 AM 11:45 AM 148, 150, Forum Facilitators: Eric Hooper, Jessica Kenney, Brian Kirk, Linnea Saby
NAC Breakout Session/Discussion
11:45 AM 12:00 PM Gallery Ashlee Wilkins (UMD) Updates on GRAD-MAP: Step 1 in the NAC Pipeline
12:00 PM
12:05 PM