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Astronomer of the Month: Brett Salmon

9 Sep 2015, 15:00 UTC
Astronomer of the Month: Brett Salmon
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Each month we will highlight a member of the CANDELS team by presenting an interview introducing them and what it's like to be an astronomer. This month's Astronomer is Brett Salmon.Tell us a little about yourself!Hi! My name is Brett Salmon and I’m a finishing graduate student at Texas A&M University. I was born and raised in New Jersey and I am primarily from Washington Township, just outside of Philadelphia. I received my Bachelors degree in Astronomy from Rutgers University in 2010. While at Rutgers I ran for the varsity cross country team, where my fastest 8 km race was 26 and a half minutes. I originally intended on taking a year after undergrad to build my research experience, but applied to Texas A&M on a whim. The program looked great so I decided to go, and I’ve been here for 5 years. What is your specific area of research? What is your role within the CANDELS team? I am a junior scientist member of the CANDELS team, and have been a part of the high redshift and phot-z working groups. I’ve also been involved in several CANDELS projects on the evolution of distant galaxies. Specifically, I study the physical properties of ...

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