People

Faculty

Darby Dyer
Kennedy-Schelkunoff Professor and Chair of Astronomy

Darby Dyar's research seeks to understand the distribution of hydrogen and oxygen throughout our solar system, using Mössbauer, reflectance, Raman, synchrotron, and LIBS spectroscopies as well as advanced machine learning technique for data processing and interpretation. She has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals and has been supported by more than 30 grants from NASA and NSF totaling over $4.1 million in the past decade alone. She served as a Participating Scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory mission.

413-538-3073
217 Kendade and 417/418 Clapp Laboratory
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Thomas Burbine

Director of the Observatory
413-538-2240, 413-538-2114
213 Kendade
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Jason Young

Visiting Lecturer in Astronomy
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Staff

Sarah Byrne

Department Coordinator
413-538-2238
206 Kendade
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Research Associate in Astronomy
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213 Kendade
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5-COLL Astronomy Dept

Anne Jaskot

Five College Post Doctoral Fellow

Using observations from radio to X-ray wavelengths, Anne Jaskot studies the gas properties of low-mass starburst galaxies. In particular, she analyzes the sources of high-energy UV radiation within starburst galaxies and the interactions of the UV radiation with the galaxies’ gas. Her research examines how galaxies like these starbursts may have reionized the universe in the first billion years after the Big Bang.

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Kate Lepore

Kate Lepore

Research Laboratory Manager
413-538-3527
221 Kendade
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Elizabeth Sklute

Elizabeth Sklute

Postdoctoral Researcher

Elizabeth Sklute uses a combination of spectroscopy (VNIR, MIR, Raman, and Mössbauer) along with microscopy to investigate hyperthermophilic iron reduction of synthetic, nanophase, iron oxides in order to determine if biosignature could be detected on Mars. These synthetic samples are also used to investigate spectral variation with grain size, shape, and composition in the nanophase size regime. Elizabeth also uses Hapke radiative transfer modelling to calculate optical constants for common planetary materials while investigating the limitations of that technique.

413-538-3527
211 Kendade
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