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Shawn Golley '08, of Hamilton, N.Y., conducted research for his senior project in computer science and physics at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico in January.

Golley accompanied Priest Associate Professor of Physics Aileen O'Donoghue and Physics Lab Coordinator Jeffrey Miller to the Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, to conduct research using the facility's 1,000-foot radio telescope.

The University among the institutions participating in a five-year collaborative project partially funded by the National Science Foundation, entitled "The Undergraduate ALFALFA Team," to develop undergraduate research opportunities within the Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA (ALFALFA) survey. In 2007, Jamie Lomax '07 conducted research for her senior project there with O'Donoghue and Miller; Golley's work continues that work. The project involves mapping a large area of the sky at radio wavelengths appropriate for the detection of neutral hydrogen gas in other galaxies, with the Arecibo radio telescope, the largest telescope in the world.

A computer science and physics major, with a minor in mathematics, Golley also works as a help desk technician in information technology, providing support to students, faculty and staff. Golley has work experience with database development and Web design, and is an editor for The Hill News, the student newspaper. In addition, he coordinates enrichment events for The Hub, a computer-themed on-campus community.

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Past Senior Research Projects in Physics

Posted: January 22, 2008

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