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
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.
More: Science at St. Lawrence
Physics Department Web site
Past Senior Research Projects in Physics
Posted: January 22, 2008