cara battersby

Submillimeter Array Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Sunset over the Submillimeter Array on Mauna Kea

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Professional Preparation:

2013- present Submillimeter Array (SMA) Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
2013 Ph.D. Astrophysics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, Adviser: John Bally
“The Structure, Kinematics, and Evolution of Massive Star and Cluster Forming Regions”
2008 M.A. Astronomy, Boston University, Adviser: Jim Jackson
2006 B.S. Physics & Astronomy, University of Massachusetts Amherst
summa cum laude, Advisers: Min S. Yun & Grant Wilson

Honors and Awards:

2015 Templeton Grant, $25,000 exploratory grant for the BiteScis outreach program
2015 AAS International Travel Grant,
to attend the meeting of the International Astronomical Union
SMA Postdoctoral Fellowship,
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
2013 SUPA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (declined), University of St. Andrews
2012 Chance Irick Cooke Fellowship, to one exceptional graduate student each year, CU-Boulder
2008 Astronomy Teaching Fellow of the Year Award, Boston University
2007 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
2006 Presidential Fellowship, to one exceptional incoming graduate student, Boston University

Selected Successful Observing Proposals:

Co-I, 20 hours, Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) 2015
“A Systematic ALMA Survey of the Most Massive Starless Clumps within 5kpc"
Co-I, 9 hours, Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) 2015
“Uncovering the Early Formation of the Most Massive Stars"
PI, 60 hours, IRAM 30-m 2015
“Mapping the Bones of the Milky Way"
PI, 13 hours, Very Large Array (VLA) 2015
“The Importance of Filamentary Accretion Flows in Forming Massive Star Clusters"
PI, 500 hours, Submillimeter Array (SMA) 2014
“The SMA Legacy Survey of the Central Molecular Zone"
PI, 45 hours, Submillimeter Array (SMA) 2014
“Hidden Gems: Uncovering the Nature of Massive Starless Clumps"
Co-I, 200 hours, Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) 2014
“H2CO Thermometry of the CMZ to understand its low star formation rate"
PI, 3 hours, Green Bank Telescope (GBT) 2014
“The Structure and Kinematics of our Nearest Massive Proto-Cluster"
Co-I, 12 hours, Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) 2013
“Gas temperature and kinematics as key inputs for star formation theory: Cores and turbulence in
the massive protocluster W51"
Co-I, 60 hours, Arecibo Observatory 2010
“Densitometry of young star-forming complexes throughout the Galaxy"
Co-I, 120 hours, Green Bank Telescope (GBT) 2010
“Densitometry of young star-forming complexes throughout the Galaxy"
PI, 7 hours, Very Large Array (VLA) 2010
“Sub-parsec temperature structure of a quiescent and an active clump in an IRDC"
PI, 100 hours, Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope (HHT) 2009
“Tracing the dense molecular gas in Infrared Dark Clouds with the HHT"

Selected Talks:

Invited Review Talks:
• Sexten Center for Astrophysics, Keynote Speaker, Mass Assembly from Clouds to Clusters, 2014
• BASH Symposium, University of Texas Austin, 2013

Invited Conference Presentations and Colloquiua:
• University of Massachusetts Amherst Astronomy Coloquium, 2015
• IAU ‘Scale-Free Processes’ Focus Meeting, Honolulu, 2015
• University of Florida, Star & Planet Formation Workshop, 2015
• National Radio Astronomy Observatory Filaments Workshop, Charlottesville, 2014
• MIT Haystack Observatory Colloquium, 2014
• Boston University Astrophysics Colloquium, 2014
• American Museum of Natural History Colloquium, 2014
• University of Florida, Seminar, 2013
• University of Florida, Star & Planet Formation Workshop, 2013
• Harvard-Smithsonian CfA, R&G Talk, 2012

Talks During Invited Visits:

• University of Arizona Tucson FLASH and Origins Talks, 2015
• Yale University, Seminar, 2014
• University of Texas Austin, Seminar, 2012
• MPIA Heidelberg, Germany, Seminar, 2011
• European Southern Observatory, Garching, Germany, Seminar, 2011
• INAF-IFSI, Rome, Italy, Seminar, 2011

Contributed Talks:
• UMass Star Formation Workshop, UMass Amherst, 2015
• The Olympian Symposium on Star Formation, Paralia Katerini’s, Greece, 2014
• Harvard-Smithsonian CfA, R&G Talk, 2014 & 2013
• Galactic Scale Star Formation Conference, Heidelberg, Germany, 2012
• Milky Way 2011 Conference, Rome, Italy, 2011
• JILA Lunch Talk, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2012 & 2011