Parker Troischt and Hartwick College Students

Hartwick’s Troischt Presents First Installment in Faculty Lecture Series

September 9, 2013

Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Parker Troischt will present a talk titled "The Study of Galaxies and Galaxy Clusters: Using the World's Largest Telescope at Arecibo, Kitt Peak National Observatory, and Other Telescopes," during the first lecture of the 2013-14 Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 11 at 12:30 p.m. in Bresee Hall's Eaton Lounge. The lecture is free, and the public is invited to attend.

During the lecture, Troischt will present a study of galaxies and galaxy clusters using data taken with the world's largest radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, as well as at Kitt Peak National Observatory and other telescopes. The data was taken as part of the Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA (ALFALFA) blind survey in order to locate cool star-forming gas in galaxies hundreds of millions of light years away.

Collaborative work with undergraduate physics majors has allowed the determination of various galactic properties. Troischt and his team have also made preliminary cluster membership determinations indicating which galaxies are gravitationally bound together. Current work involving follow-up observations with a more sensitive detector (L-Band Wide) will also be discussed along with other potential topics such as: tidal interactions, star formation rate, dark galaxies, dark matter and the effect of environment on galactic evolution. This work has been supported by NSF grants AST-0724918, AST-0725267, and AST-0725380.

Throughout the lecture series, faculty members discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on physics, politics, religion, art, economics, biology, psychology and more.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Development Acting Chair Dr. Matthew Voorhees at 607-431-4387 or

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Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031