Faculty | Catherine "Caty" A. Pilachowski
Daniel Kirkwood Chair,
Ph.D. Astronomy, University of Hawaii, 1975
Swain West 323
727 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 855-6913
Fax: (812) 855-8725
Professor Pilachowski holds the Kirkwood Chair in Astronomy at Indiana University Bloomington,
where she teaches and conducts research on the evolution of stars and the chemical history of
the Milky Way Galaxy from studies of chemical composition of stars and star clusters. She
served for more than 20 years on the scientific staff of the
National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson.
While at NOAO, she served as Project Scientist for the design and construction of the
3.5-meter WIYN Telescope, a telescope at which
the IUB Astronomy Department holds a 17% share.
In addition to her astronomical research, Professor Pilachowski has been active in the areas of light pollution, astronomical instrumentation, large telescope design and construction, electronic publications, women in science, and diversity. She has served on numerous national and international boards and committees and as President of the American Astronomical Society from 2002-2004. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Professor Pilachowski received a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in California, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii.
(see my research page for more information on the topics below)
- Globular Cluster Abundances
- Studies of Young Clusters
Teaching and Learning:
- Research Based Science Education for Undergraduates (CCLI)
- Ethics in Undergraduate Education
- Activities for Introductory Astronomy Classes (More classroom activities can be found on the teacher workshop pages below!)
- Tips for scientific writing
- Public Talks
- Mini-University Lectures
- WISP Lecture - Modern Telescopes, Ancient Skies (ppt, 10 MB)
- What's Brewing in the Teapot at Prairie Grass Observatory, August, 2007 (Powerpoint file, 12MB)
- The Amazing Omega Centauri (PPT, 8MB) presented at the Indiana Astronomical Society, June 2008
- 2005 Lifelong Learning Lectures: (Lecture 1: ppt, 10 MB) (Lecture 2: ppt, 5 MB) (Lecture 3: ppt, 7 MB)
- Star Cities of the Milky Way (presented in Houston, June, 2009, PPT, 15 MB)
- Teacher Workshops
- Fred Lo's Radio Astronomy Lectures:
- NGC 7789: an Open Cluster Case Study
Overbeek, J. C., Friel, E. D., Jacobson, H. R., Johnson, C. I., Pilachowski, C. A., Meszaros, S. 2015, AJ, 149, 15.
- Detailed Abundances for a Large Sample of Giant Stars in the Globular Cluster 47 Tucanae (NGC 104)
Cordero, M. J.,, Pilachowski, C., Johnson, C. I., McDonald, I., Zijlstra, A. A., et al. 2014, ApJ, 780, 94
- What is the Difference? Blazhko and Non-Blazhko RRab Stars and the Special CAse of V123 in M3
Jurcsik, J., Smitola, P., Hajdu, G., Pilachowski, C., Kolenberg, K., et al. 2013, ApJ, 778, 27.
- The Abundance of Fluorine in the Hyades, NGC 752, and M67
Nault, K.A. and Pilachowski, C.A. 2013, AJ, 146, 153.
- Metallicity Distribution Functions, Radial Velocities, and Alpha Element Abundances in Three Off-Axis Bugle Fields
Johnson, Christian I., Rich, R. M., Kobayashi, Chiaki, Kunder, Andrea, Pilachowski, C., Koch, Andreas, & de Propris, Roberto. 2013, ApJL, 765, 157.
- The Unique Na:O Abundance Distribution in NGC 6791: The First Open(?) Cluster with Multiple Populations
Geisler, D., Villanova, S., Carraro, G., Pilachowski, C., Cummings, J., Johnson, C. I., & Bresolin, F. 2012, ApJL, 756, L40.
- Oxygen and Sodium Abundances in M13 (NGC 6205) Giants: Linking Globular Cluster Formation Scenarios, Deep Mixing, and Post-RGB Evolution
Johnson, C. I., & Pilachowski, C. A. 2012, ApJL, 754, L38.