Faculty | Catherine "Caty" A. Pilachowski
Daniel Kirkwood Chair,
Ph.D. Astronomy, University of Hawaii, 1975
Department of Astronomy
Swain West 323
727 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 855-6913
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:
- Solar System Course (2008)
- Cosmic Origins Course (2009)
- Stars and Galaxies Course (2006)
- A305 - Observational Astronomy, Fall 2007
- A451 - Stellar Astrophysics
- A540 - Stellar Atmospheres Spring 07, Spring 05, Spring 02
- Graduate Seminar in Astronomical Citizenship (Spring 2002) (ADS link). Here is a PDF of the paper: AER Paper
- 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:
- Differences in the rotational properties of multiple stellar populations in M13: a faster rotation for the `extreme' chemical subpopulation
Cordero, M. J., Henault-Brunet, V., Pilachowski, C. A., Balbinot, E., Johnson, C. I., Varri, A. L. 2017, MNRAS, 465, 3515
- An Archive of Spectra from the Mayall Fourier Transform Spectrometer at Kitt Peak
Pilachowski, C. A., Hinkle, K. H., Young, M. D., Dennis, H. B., Gopu, A., Henschel, R., Hayashi, S. 2017, PASP, 129, 024006.
- The Abundance of Lithium in an ABG Star in the Globular Cluster M3 (NGC 5272)
Givens, R. A., Pilachowski, C. A. 2016, PASP, 128, 124203.
- Chlorine Abundances in Cool Stars Maas, Z. G., Pilachowski, C. A., Hinkle, K. 2016, AJ, 152, 196.
- The Chemical Composition of Red Giant Branch Stars in the Galactic Globular Clusters NGC 6342 and NGC 6366
Johnson, C. I., Caldwell, N., Rich, R. M., Pilachowski, C. A., Hsyu, T. 2016, AJ, 152, 21.
- The Abundance of Fluorine in Normal G and K Stars of the Galactic Thin Disk
Pilachowski, C. A., Pace, C. 2015, AJ, 150, 66.
- A Spectroscopic Analysis of the Galactic Globular Cluster NGC 6273 (M19)
Johnson, C. I., Rich, R. M., Pilachowski, C. A., Caldwell, N., Mateo, M. et al. 2015, AJ, 150, 63.
- A Comparative Study of Two 47 Tuc Giant Stars with Different s-process Enrichment
Cordero, M. J., Hansen, C. J., Johnson, C. I., Pilachowski, C. A. 2015, ApJL, 808, 10.
- Light-element Abundances of Giant Stars in the Globular Cluster M71 (NGC 6838)
Cordero, M. J., Pilachowski, C. A., Johnson, C. I., Vesperini, E., ,, G., Bedin, L. R. et al. 2015, ApJ, 800, 3.
- AGB Sodium Abundances in the Globular Cluster 47 Tucanae
Johnson, C. I., McDonald, I., Pilachowski, C. A., Mateo, M., Bailey, J., et al. 2015, AJ, 149, 71.
- 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, C. I., Rich, R. M., Kobayashi, C., Kunder, A., Pilachowski, C., Koch, A., & de Propris, R. 2013, ApJL, 765, 157.