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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
NASA ADS:   All Articles, First Author, Refereed, Non-Refereed, AAS+, IAUC+, All Abstracts
Harvard PIN:  All Articles, First Author, Refereed, Non-Refereed, AAS+, IAUC+, All Abstracts
Public Talks

11. “CfAIR2: Infrared Observations of ~100 Type Ia Supernovae With PAIRITEL”, Andrew Friedman Ph.D. Thesis Talk (Harvard/CfA Optical and Infrared Seminar), Harvard University Department of Astronomy, Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (Feb 22, 2012) [MOVIE]

10. “Our Place in Space”, Dudley House Crosstalk, Harvard University, with Jason Gallicchio, Harvard Physics Department, (March 6 2008) [Event Flyer]

9. “Measuring Cosmic Expansion and Acceleration with Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts”, Guest Lecture, Summer Science Program, Ojai, California, (July 3, 2006)

8. “The Coolest Things In Astronomy: II”, Guest Lecture, The Math Circle, Northeastern University, (Dec 10 2005)

7. “Your Place in the Cosmos: From Planets to Stars to Galaxies and Beyond”, Dudley House Crosstalk, Harvard University, With Ryan Hickox, Harvard-Smithsonian Center For Astrophysics, (Dec 8 2005) [Event Flyer, blurb text]

6. “2 Hour Coursewide Final Exam Review Session”, Science A-47, Cosmic Connections, Professor David Charbonneau, Harvard University, Fall 2005 [Streaming Real Player Video (or go here and click on Review Session link)] (January 21st 2006)

5. “White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, Black Holes, Supernova Explosions, and the Origins of Humanity”, Guest Lecture, Science A-47: Cosmic Connections, Harvard University, (Nov 7 2005) [Streaming Real Player Video]

4. “The Coolest Things In Astronomy”, Guest Lecture, The Math Circle, Northeastern University, (May 22 2005)

3. “Type Ia Supernovae and Cosmology”, Guest Lecture at the Summer Science Program, Ojai, CA, (2002)

2. “Fundamental Constants of Physics: The Genes of the Universe”, Guest Lecture at the Summer Science Program, Ojai, CA, (2002)

1. “Stephen Wolfram's: A New Kind of Science”, Guest Lecture at the Summer Science Program, Ojai, CA, (2002)


Ph.D. Research - Harvard University
       Infrared Light Curves of Type Ia Supernovae
        PAIRITEL Website
        Gamma-Ray Burst Energetics and Cosmology
        http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~afriedman/


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