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Union hosts star formation conference


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Researchers who attended the conference pose in front of the Nott Memorial. (Photo by Scott LaBrake)Halley Darling '13 presents her research at a poster session. (Photo by Parker Troischt)Lucas Viani '14 presents his research at a poster session. (Photo by Parker Troischt)
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Some 70 scientists, researchers and scholars from around the U.S. and many other countries attended “Star Formation and Gas Reservoirs in Nearby Groups and Clusters” at the F.W. Olin Center in July. 

The event featured poster presentations and invited talks by speakers from Cornell, Columbia, Harvard, the universities of Arizona and Waterloo (Ontario), the Cambridge Institute of Astronomy and the Space Telescope Science Institute. 

Among the participants was prominent astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. 

Organized by Rebecca Koopmann, associate professor of physics, the three-day conference was supported in part by the Skidmore Union Network, led by Brenda Johnson, under an NSF grant and by Siena College.  

Halley Darling '13 and Lucas Viani '14 each presented posters during the conference about their multi-year research projects with Koopmann on the gas and star formation properties of a nearby group of galaxies.