Liese van Zee's Home Page

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Astronomy Department at Indiana University Bloomington. Previously, I was a Research Associate at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics located at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory. I was also a Jansky Postdoctoral Fellow at NRAO Socorro. I completed my graduate studies at Cornell University, where I worked with Martha Haynes.


Teaching

In Spring 2014, I will be teaching General Astronomy II (A222) . This is the second semester of the introductory sequence for physical science students in which we cover stars, stellar structure, stellar evolution, the interstellar medium, galaxies, and cosmology. This course is designed for future astronomy majors and for physical science majors interested in astronomy.

In Spring 2013, I taught A575: Structure and Evolution of Galaxies. This is a graduate course which covers the broad topic of galaxy formation and evolution.

In Fall 2012, I taught General Astronomy I (A221). This course is the first semester of the General Astronomy sequence, in which we cover the Solar System and the discovery of exo-solar planets. This course is designed for future astronomy majors and for physical science majors interested in astronomy.

In Fall 2009, Kathy Rhode and I organized A780: Seminar in Astronomy on planning science commissioning observations with ODI.

In Spring 2007, I taught A452: Extragalactic Astrophysics. This is an advanced course for physics and astronomy majors which covers extragalactic astronomy and cosmology.

In Spring 2005, I organized A780: Seminar in Astronomy on the design and development of 30m optical/IR telescopes.

In Spring 2004, I organized A780: Seminar in Astronomy on the chemical enrichment of the universe from stars to galaxies.



Current Research

I am working on several projects related to understanding the links between star formation, elemental enrichment, and gas distribution and kinematics in star forming galaxies. My work focusses on both the star formation history and evolution of dwarf galaxies (including stellar population models and regulatory mechanisms for star formation) as well as the elemental enrichment of spiral and irregular galaxies.

See the Indiana Extragalactic Research Group Web Page for more details.



Web Links for Telescopes

  • The Very Large Array (NRAO)

  • The Green Bank 140ft (now defunct, NRAO)

  • The Green Bank Telescope (NRAO)

  • Arecibo Observatory (NAIC)

  • Kitt Peak National Observatory (NOAO)

  • Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (NOAO)

  • The Gemini Observatory

  • W. M. Keck Observatory

  • Palomar Observatory (Caltech/Cornell/JPL)

  • Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

  • Hubble Space Telescope

  • James Clerk Maxwell Telescope



    Personal Links

    Liese's Travel Schedule

  • vanzee@astro.indiana.edu
    Last modified: Fri Sept 22 12:00 2006