of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)
Aaron Evans received his B. Sc. (Physics &
Astronomy) from the University of Michigan in 1990)
and his M. S. and Ph. D. in Astronomy from the nstitute
for Astronomy, University of Hawaii in 1993 and
1996. He was recently n Assistant Professor, at
the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, SUNY at Stony
Brook. Currently, he is on-staff at the astronomy
department at Caltech.
His current research primarily deals with observations
of colliding galaxies and their associated phenomena
(starbursts and active galactic nuclei [AGN]). The
study of these galaxies requires a multi-wavelength
approach, which to date has included optical to
mid-infrared imaging, as well as near-infrared and
(sub)millimeter spectroscopy. The observing facilities
used to carry out these programs are the Mauna Kea
Observatories in Hawaii (UH 2.2m, UKIRT, JCMT, Keck),
the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope,
the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Owens Valley
Millimeter Array in California, the Steward Observatory
12m telescope at Kitt Peak, Arizona, and the IRAM
30m telescope in Spain.
Much of his work on colliding galaxies has involved
the GOALS project (Great Observatories All-sky LIRG
Survey) — a large investigation of luminous and
ultra-luminous infrared galaxies. This survey
combines observations from Hubble, NASA's Spitzer
Telescope, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, and
NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
of Alabama, Tuscaloosa)
Bill Keel attended Vanderbilt University and UC
Santa Cruz for graduate work, following a summer
stint at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
His dissertation work at Lick and Mt. Lemmon Observatories
concentrated on the spectra of galactic nuclei.
He worked for three years at Kitt Peak National
Observatory and a two-year international position
at Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands. My research
has taken me from the Caucasus to Mauna Kea to Chile
and many points between to gather data, and I've
been able to make use of data collected in Earth
orbit and from almost the distance of Mars.
"I've been lucky enough to work with HST data
since the first cycle (originally getting involved
because of experience in deconvolution of ground-based
images), and am still amazed at the kinds of observations
that have become possible after so many years of
speculation. My research deals with both nearby
and distant galaxies. Interacting galaxies have
been a perennial favorite, with dust in galaxies
and galaxy evolution strong recent interests. You
can see and read more about it at my homepage, www.astr.ua.edu/keel,
and my picture collection. "
Other Principle Investigators on several of the
Hubble Proposals used in the Gallery of Interacting
Galaxies are K. Noll, B. Whitmore, and M. Stiavelli
(STScI), G. Ostlin (Stockholm University), and J.