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My research focuses on measuring star-formation rates of high-redshift galaxy clusters in order to determine how the cluster environment affects the evolution of infalling galaxies. To complement this study, I am also beginning a similar survey of high-redshift field galaxies. The field survey will provide a necessary bench mark for interpreting the star-formation rates of cluster galaxies.
While at UMASS I will be teaching a course on optical and infrared observational techniques. This will be a team-based class, and students will explore different observing techniques used to measure distances to galaxies. As a former high-school teacher, I am very interested in teacher training, so I will be adapting one activity from my college class for use at the high-school level. I will introduce this activity to high-school teachers through the continuing education program here at UMASS.