Philip Rosenfield

Constraining Stellar Evolution Models using Observations of Stars in Nearby Galaxies
Contact information:
Harvard Smithsonian Center for
60 garden st. MS-20 P329
Fellowship status:
Starting year: 2015
Research Interests:

I use observations of resolved stellar populations to constrain stellar evolution models. My focus is on phases that have the greatest impact on galaxies but that we understand the least. So far, that's been the luminous core helium fusing phase (contained within the blue or red supergiant phase), asymptotic giant branch stars, and stars that have failed to become AGB stars.

Education and Outreach Interests:

With new planetarium technology, I plan to increase confidence and enthusiasm in learning astronomy in the 5-7th grades. The educational goals are designed around the drivers of motivation that Daniel Pink presents: autonomy; the urge to direct our own lives, mastery; the desire to get better and better at something that matters, and purpose; the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves (Pink 2012). The program targets the largest possible impact demographic, middle school students, as research shows the decision to pursue or abandon STEM happens during those young years (NSTA 2003).

The goal of my program is to teach small groups of students in underserved Boston Area Schools how to use WWT to create a presentation to give to their peers in a digital planetarium taken to their classroom.