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I am very fortunate to have recently completed a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the Harvard University Department of Astronomy (Feb 2012). My PhD thesis project with Professor Robert Kirshner is on Infrared Light Curves of Type Ia Supernovae. Type Ia Supernovae can be used as standardizable candles for cosmology to measure the expansion history of the universe and constrain the mysterious dark energy thought to be causing the acceleration of cosmic expansion. The supernova aspect of the project uses infrared data obtained with the fully robotic 1.3 meter Peters Automated Infrared Imaging Telescope (PAIRITEL) at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory on Mount Hopkins, Arizona (P.I. Professor Joshua Bloom, UC Berkeley). My previous work with Professor Ramesh Narayan and Professor Joshua Bloom focused on testing the potential applications of Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) for cosmology by studying GRB spectra and energetics. My work has been supported in part by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a NASA Graduate Student Research Program Fellowship, where I collaborated with researchers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, including Dr. Neil Gehrels, the Principal Investigator of the NASA Swift Satellite, a space experiment that studies both GRBs and supernovae.
-Andrew Samuel Friedman, 3/2012
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Media Coverage

4. Astronomy Podcast - Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs): A discussion with Robert Naeye & Andrew Friedman, Harvard-Smithsonian Center For Astrophysics Science Media Group, Interview with Robert Naeye, Senior Editor, Sky & Telescope Magazine, (May 10 2006)

3. Professor Robert Kirshner (my thesis advisor) and I were interviewed at the 207th AAS Conference in Washington DC, Jan 11 2006 by Robert Irion of Science Magazine. Only one of us ("the President") is quoted, but the article provides a good look at the recent excitement and controversy surrounding Gamma-Ray burst cosmology. It appears in "Astronomers Push and Pull Over Dark Energy’s Role in Cosmos", Irion, R., Science, 20 Jan. 2006, Vol. 311, pg. 316

2. During the January 2005 American Astronomical Society conference in San Diego, I was interviewed by a local radio DJ, Onto the Ontologist on his program, "Temporary Autonomous Zones: Dialogue with an Astrophysicist", at We discuss The Big Bang, the nature of time, parallel universes, astrology, aliens, and the militarization of space [Listen to the mp3]

1. Professor Joshua S. Bloom and I were interviewd by Robert Irion of Science Magazine about our work on Gamma Ray Bursts and Cosmology. We are Quoted in "Astronomer's Eager for a Swift New Vision of the Universe", Irion, R., Science, 8 Oct. 2004, Vol. 306, pg. 214-215

Ph.D. Research - Harvard University
       Infrared Light Curves of Type Ia Supernovae
        PAIRITEL Website
        Gamma-Ray Burst Energetics and Cosmology

Undergraduate Research - University of California, Berkeley
       Supernova Discoveries Page, The Lick Observatory Supernova Search (LOSS)
        IAU Circulars, Senior Thesis, Astro Labs, Andy's Cheat Sheets
        Berkeley Scientific Journal Graphics, Berkeley Scientific Journal
Course Websites - Harvard Astronomy
Fall 2002
Astro 206
Astro 150
Physics 210
Astro 200

Spring 2003
Astro 208
Astro 219
Astro 200
Physics 211

Spring 2004
Astro 200
Science A-35

Fall 2005
Astro 202a
Science A-47

Spring 2005
Science A-35
Last Updated: Andrew Samuel Friedman, 3/2012
Harvard University Astronomy Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory UC Berkeley Astronomy NSF Graduate Research Fellowship NASA Graduate Student Research Program Peters Automated Infrared Imaging Telescope (PAIRITEL) NASA Swift Satellite