Amanda Bauer

Amanda Bauer
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Born(1979-05-26) May 26, 1979 (age 38)
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
ResidenceTucson, Arizona
  • Australian Astronomical Observatory
  • Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Alma mater
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Texas at Austin
Known forHead of Education and Public Outreach
Notable awardsARC Super Science Fellowship


Amanda Elaine Bauer (given birth to 26 Might 1979) can be an American professional astronomer and research communicator, currently located in Tucson, Az working as Mind of Education and Open public Outreach on the Good sized Synoptic Study Telescope. From 2013 to 2016 she was a study Astronomer on the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO). Her primary field of analysis worries how galaxies type, how they make new superstars, and especially why they abruptly stop creating fresh stars. She actually is better recognized to the general public through her attempts in outreach and education.

Early life and education

Bauer was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. She acquired a pastime in astronomy since she was youthful, and liked the math golf club in senior high school, but at that time she didn't consider these is actually a profession. In college, in the College or university of Cincinnati, she primarily majored in French, but she transformed to Technology after attempting unsuccessfully to set up to study overseas. Her college didn't come with an Astronomy division, so rather she majored in Physics. While going after her undergraduate level, she undertook students internship using the Sloan Digital Sky Study from 2000 to 2002. She graduated having a Bachelor of Technology with Large Honors in Physics through the College or university of Cincinnati in 2002.Bauer immediately started her master's level in Astronomy in the College or university of Texas in Austin. This is where she began her participation with the region that would end up being the main concentrate of her analysis profession: galaxy set up and progression. She graduated being a Professional of Research in 2004 and began monitoring for the PhD in Astrophysics, still on the School of Tx at Austin. This included functioning as a study Associate on the Potential Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany in 2006, with the Gemini Observatory in Chile in 2007. She was honored her PhD in 2008, with her thesis entitled Star-Forming Galaxies Developing Up During the last Ten Billion Years.

Research career

After completing her PhD, Bauer accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in the University or college of Nottingham in Britain (Sept 2008 - November 2010). When that completed, she relocated to Australia to consider up a three-year ARC "Super Technology Fellowship", working in the AAO.Towards the end of this fellowship in November 2013, Bauer used the part of Research Astronomer in the AAO. Her part of study investigates the procedures where galaxies type, and especially why they ultimately stop creating fresh stars. To be able to explore how galaxies build in to the varied structures we observe today, she analyzes organized surveys of thousands of galaxies, searching for hints that show what physical procedures regulate the prices at which fresh stars are created in galaxies that are put through different conditions.In 2012, she posted her findings from a report in to the evolution of famous actors within galaxies which themselves are users of galaxy clusters, using the Gemini North Observatory in Hawaii. The study discovered that a galaxy's placement inside the galactic cluster affected stellar development within that galaxy: the nearer a galaxy is definitely to the guts of the cluster, the earlier it stops developing new celebrities. The interpretation of the is that close to the centre from the cluster, the large numbers of close galactic neighbours impact one another through gravitation to make a sea of sizzling hot gas, which hot gas appears to be the restricting aspect that constrains brand-new superstar formation. Mergers of galaxies also play a role: her forecasts of how our very own Milky Method galaxy will combine using the Andromeda Galaxy and both smaller sized Magellanic Cloud galaxies in a number of billion years possess prompted further brand-new research into how which will affect the prices of star development locally.As of Feb 2015, Cornell University's arXiv provider lists 61 magazines of her astronomical analysis in peer-reviewed publications, mostly in the types of either Astrophysics of Galaxies or Cosmology. She's presented her results at worldwide professional meetings and institutions, like the Annual Technology Meeting from the Astronomical Culture of Australia in July 2011, Adler Planetarium, Chicago, in Sept 2013 as well as the AusGO (Australian Gemini Workplace) Observational Methods Workshop in Apr 2014.

Public outreach

Bauer started her participation with organized open public outreach inside a task called Sixty Icons of Physics and Astronomy during her postdoctoral fellowship in the College or university of Nottingham in Britain. She added regular interviews to the series from 2009 to 2011. After departing Nottingham, she continuing her outreach actions informally with her "Astropixie" blog page.In 2013 while she was operating in the AAO, furthermore to her research part, Bauer became the 1st official Outreach Official for the AAO. The aim of this role is definitely "to build up strategies to catch and connect the exhilaration of fresh astronomical discoveries and innovative executive feats occurring inside the AAO as well as the astronomical community." She manages the AAO's online existence, especially social networking which consists of Facebook, Twitter (@AAOastro) and YouTube route, as well as the AAO's developing collection of videos for the general public. She also works together with more conventional press by performing as the AAO's press get in touch with and issuing pr announcements, edits the AAO Observer publication, gives public discussions, writes science content articles for several magazines, visits schools, foretells people of parliament, and curated a general public photographic exhibition. The need for her outreach part became particularly obvious in January 2013 when bush-fires threatened the astronomical installations together with Siding Spring hill: Bauer was the press contact making certain the latest info was available.Since March 201, Bauer is a regular professional co-host within the Titanium Physicists Podcast. In March 2017, she began a fresh podcast, Cosmic Vertigo with co-host Dr Alan Duffy.Bauer is a normal visitor on ABC Radio and ABC Information television, a visitor article writer for Australian Sky & Telescope newspaper, guest article writer and astronomy get in touch with for Cosmos newspaper, highlighted astrophysicist in video series Deep Sky Movies and Sixty Icons of Physics and Astronomy. Her live presentations have been around in front of the general public, astronomical institutions and school groupings, with viewers up to 350 people on the Australian Skeptics Country wide Convention in November 2014. She shows the "Researchers in Academic institutions" plan for 8- to 12-year-old learners, and "CAASTRO in the Class room" astronomy lessons to about 100 college students. In her free time, she also maintains her personal "astropixie" blog page and Twitter give food to about astronomy.She also needs an active part in assisting other astronomers to build up their own abilities in science conversation, by performing workshops and giving foretells professionals, like the ASA Harley Real wood College in July 2014, the AAO Colloquium on Outreach in March 2014, and "dotAstronomy: Networked Astronomy and New Press" in Boston in Sept 2013. She actually is the Movie director of "dotAstronomy 7" which is kept in Sydney in November 2015.In 2014 the Astronomical Culture of Australia acknowledged her contributions to general public outreach by electing her towards the Steering Committee of its Education and Public Outreach Chapter (EPOC) to get a two-year term.In early 2017, Bauer moved back again the united states and joined the top Synoptic Study Telescope as Head of Education and Public Outreach.

Personal life

Bauer enjoys live acoustic music, camping, walking, and going swimming. She says that "the very best of most worlds is definitely when she will go camping at music celebrations, taking pleasure in the companionship, the fantastic music, the campfires, and sleeping beneath the stars."In Feb 2016, she gave birth to a daughter, Ida Luna.

Selected publications

Co-chaired the Australian Astronomy Decadal Plan Operating Group 3.2 on Education, Outreach, and Professions. Bauer, A. E.; Hopkins, A. M.; et al. (2013). "Galaxy And Mass Set up (GAMA): Linking Celebrity Development Histories and Stellar Mass Development". Once a month Notices from the Royal Astronomical Culture. 434: 209. Bibcode:2013MNRAS.434..209B. arXiv:1306.2424 . doi:10.1093/mnras/stt1011.   Bauer, A. E.; Grützbauch, R.; Jorgensen, I.; Varela, J.; Bergmann, M. (2011). "Superstar Formation in the XMMU J2235.3-2557 Galaxy Cluster at z = 1:39". Once a month Notices from the Royal Astronomical Culture. 411: 2009B. Bibcode:2011MNRAS.411.2009B. arXiv:1010.1238 . doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.17828.x.   Bauer, A. E.; Conselice, C. J.; Pérez-González, P.G.; Grützbauch, R.; Bluck, A.F.L.; Buitrago, F.; Mortlock, A. (2011). "Superstar Formation within a Stellar Mass Preferred Test of Galaxies to z = 3 from the products NICMOS Study". Once a month Notices from the Royal Astronomical Culture. 417 (289). Bibcode:2011MNRAS.417..289B. arXiv:1106.2656 . doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2011.19240.x.   Bauer, A. E.; Drory, N.; Hill, G.J.; Feulner, G. (2005). "Particular Star Formation Prices to Redshift 1.5". The Astrophysical Journal. 621: L89–92. Bibcode:2011MNRAS.417..289B. arXiv:1106.2656 . doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2011.19240.x.  

Awards and recognition

2016: Featured STEM Profession Profile in the inaugural problem of Technology News. 2015: Champion (among five) in the very best 5 under 40 competition carried out from the UNSW and ABC Radio Country wide "to find Australia’s new era of passionate research communicators" 2015: Australian Institute of Physics NSW Community Outreach to Physics Prize 2014 - 2016: Steering Committee person in the Astronomical Culture of Australia's Education and Open public Outreach Section (EPOC) 2010-2013: ARC Super Research Fellowship on the AAO 2013: Nominated for Dept of Sector Excellence in Invention Award Committee person in the Astronomical Culture of Australia 2012: Country wide finalist in the new Research Mass media competition 2012: Symbolized the Astronomical Culture of Australia at "Research Fits Parliament" 2009: Strategic Offer Award through the British Research Association 2006, 2007: NASA/Tx Space Offer Consortium Graduate Fellowship