New Graduate Students
New graduate students from left to right, beginning
with the top row: Mark Pitts, Nick Moskovitz,
Hai Fu, Luke Dundon, David Harrington, Steve
Rodney, Jeyhan Kartaltepe, Lisa Chien, and Bin
In September, eight students who received a bachelor's degree in 2003 arrived at IfA to begin their
graduate studies. Li Hsin (Lisa) Chien (a graduate of National Taiwan University) has already done some research
in cosmology and on imaging circumstellar disks around Vega-type stars and Seyfert galaxies. She is most interested
in extragalactic astronomy, especially merging galaxies. Luke Dundon (U.S. Naval Academy) is an active duty naval
officer whose goal is a master's degree. As an undergraduate, he participated in a study of the physical properties of near-Earth objects.
Hai Fu (Nanjing University) says that the large telescopes atop Mauna Kea brought him here. For David Harrington
(Michigan Technical University), Hawaii was the obvious choice for graduate school because his other interests include
martial arts, Japanese language, and fire knife dancing.
As an undergraduate, Jeyhan Kartaltepe (Colgate) researched quasars. She also spent two summers at Space Telescope Science
Institute and at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Nicholas Moskovitz (University of California, Santa Barbara) wrote a
senior thesis in the field of semiconductor physics with applications to quantum computing. He is here to pursue an interest in astrobiology.
Mark Pitts (Ohio State) wants to study extrasolar planets. He participated in the IfA's first Research for Undergraduates (REU) program in 2001.
As an undergraduate, Steve Rodney (Case Western Reserve) worked on a survey of galaxy clusters that searched for intracluster light. He also
researched the design of an X-ray telescope.
In January, Bin Yang joined our graduate program. She has a master's degree from Beijing University for her work in planetary
astronomy and is a research assistant to David Tholen.
More information about our graduate program
can be found at http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/gradprog/