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2013 Graduate Students at the Institute for Astronomy

2013 graduate students

From left to right: Maxwell Service, Sam Grunblatt, Andrew Repp, and Conor McPartland. Photo by Karen Teramura.

Max Service grew up in Buffalo, New York, and then did his undergraduate work at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. His research at Case was on identifying metal-poor halo giants in the Kepler field, as well as some separate work on quantifying galaxy morphology. He is interested in working on adaptive optics instrumentation.

Sam Grunblatt grew up in the small city of Kingston, New York, and received his BA in astrophysics from Columbia University. His previous research experience is in gravitational waves, gamma-ray spectroscopy, and cataclysmic variable stars, having worked at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics outside Munich, Germany, in addition to Columbia. He is currently interested in exoplanets and gamma-ray astronomy. In his free time, he enjoys playing and listening to music, skiing, and traveling.

Andrew Repp grew up in Indiana, Missouri, and South Carolina. He did graduate work in discrete conformal geometry at Virginia Tech, earning a PhD in mathematics in 1998. For the next 15 years, he taught high school math and science at Christian Liberty Academy on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Proximity to the Mauna Kea telescopes helped reawaken a childhood interest in astronomy, eventually leading him to go back to graduate school. His research interests are extragalactic astronomy and cosmology.

Conor McPartland grew up in West Virginia. He received a B.S. in astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he worked with the Cosmic Assembly Near-Infrared Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey (CANDELS). Before coming to the IfA, he spent a summer working at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. His research interests are currently in galaxy morphology and evolution.