News and Colloquium

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Use this page to read about recent news and important events in the NMT Physics Department, and find announcements of upcoming colloquia on a variety of physics topics.


  • The Fall 2022 Department Colloquium schedule is taking shape
  • The New Mexico Tech Physics Department has been ranked 39th by College Factual out of 263 schools for Physics! Read more about it here. 

September 29 Department Colloquium, 4 pm in Workman 101

A Novel Observational Study of Southern HII Regions
Once thought to be barren and devoid of spiral arms or spurs, over the last 20 years the Vela constellation has provided a wealth of information about supernova remnants, HII regions, molecular clouds, and dark molecular clouds; with much of this region yet to be explored in detail. I will present the results of a large area (~200 square degrees) continuum and molecular line survey toward this region using new capabilities with the Murchison Widefield Array at 114MHz, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder at 724 & 889MHz, and with the Australian Telescope Compact Array at 1666MHz. In this talk, I will discuss the work I am doing with a multidisciplinary team to discover new ways to study star formation using low radio frequencies and the results thus far.

Dr. Chenoa Tremblay is a radio astronomer who recently joined the SETI Institute to work on the new Commensal Open-Source Multimode Interferometric Cluster (COSMIC) for the Jansky Very Large Array which is designed to complete an all-sky search for extraterrestrial intelligence.  Prior to this role, Chenoa worked at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, the Australian national science agency, and has over 20 years of experience working in industry research and development in the field of analytical chemistry.  She received her PhD at Curtin University in Western Australia and has been involved with building and commissioning a number of low-frequency radio telescopes including the Long Wavelength Array (LWA),  Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), and the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP). Chenoa is the current board-appointed chair of the MWA Galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy science group, a Project Scientist for an international collaboration aimed to study the large-scale structures of the Galaxy through the detection of neutral hydrogen and the hydroxyl molecule, and a Principle Investigator on a number of low-frequency SETI programs with the MWA and ASKAP telescopes designed to study the potential for life in the Galaxy and create programs to get school children involved in the search.


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Meeting ID: 945 2204 1271 Passcode: 944034