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From left, Aileen O'Donoghue, Steven Goldman '13 and Jeff Miller. (Photo by Tom Balonek, Colgate University)
Steven Goldman '13, Priest Associate Professor of Physics Aileen O'Donoghue and astronomer/lab coordinator Jeff Miller participated in the sixth ALFALFA Undergraduate Team Workshop at the Arecibo Radio Observatory, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, in January. The National Science Foundation-funded workshop centers on research examining "cool" hydrogen in distant galaxies.

Goldman presented the results of his senior research project, "The Zwicky Cluster 1400+0949." During the workshop students are given tours of the Arecibo Radio Telescope, the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world, and have the opportunity to operate the telescope during observing runs. They also participate in scavenger hunt-style exercises designed to familiarize them with the operation of the telescope and the techniques of analyzing its collected data.

St. Lawrence University is a member of the Undergraduate ALFALFA Team, a consortium of 19 institutions engaged in a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote undergraduate research within the ALFALFA project.

In the photo above, O'Donoghue, Goldman and Miller are in front of the 900-ton platform that contains the telescope's measuring instruments. The platform is suspended 450 feet over the main dish, which itself is 1,000 feet in diameter. More photos are available on the physics department's website.

Posted: January 24, 2013


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