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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
Conferences & Workshops Attended

16. Type Ia Supernovae in the Near Infrared: A PITT PACC (PITTsburgh Particle physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology Center) workshop at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physics and Astronomy (Mar 28-30, 2012)

15. Logic, Mathematics, and Physics Graduate Conference (LMP): Topics in the Philosophy of Cosmology panel, University of Western Ontario, London Ontario, Canada, (May 7-9, 2011)

14. Philosophy of Cosmology Workshop, University of Western Ontario, London Ontario, Canada, (May 6-7, 2011)

13. American Astronomical Society Meeting 215, Washington, DC (Jan 3-7, 2010)

12. RogerFest: A Festival of Cosmic Explosions, Caltech Cahill Center, Pasadena, CA, (Aug 21-23, 2009)

11. Stellar Death & Supernovae, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara CA (KITP), UCSB, (Aug 17-21, 2009)

10. American Astronomical Society Meeting 213, Long Beach, CA (Jan 9-14, 2009)

9. American Astronomical Society Meeting 211, Austin, TX, (Jan 7-11, 2008)

8. NASA GSRP Symposium, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, (Sep 19-21, 2007)

7. Accretion and Explosion: the Astrophysics of Degenerate Stars, Kavli Institute For Theoretical Physics (KITP), UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA, (Jan 29-Feb 23, 2007)

6. American Astronomical Society Meeting 209, Seattle, WA, (Jan 5-10, 2007)

5. NASA GSRP Symposium, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, (Sep 18-22, 2006)

4. Penn State Summer School in Astrostatistics, Pennsylvania State University, College Station, PA, (Jun 6-10, 2006)

3. American Astronomical Society Meeting 207, Washington, DC, (January 8-12, 2006)

2. American Astronomical Society Meeting 205, San Diego, CA, (Jan 9-13, 2005)

1. American Astronomical Society Meeting 201, Seattle, WA (January 2003)

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