Major congrats to Marc Williamson and Benjamin Lehmann on graduating from Stanford!
Ben and Mark both worked with my group for the past few years and both completed undergraduate thesis this spring.
Marc worked with me, Yao-Yuan Mao, & Phil Marshall to constrain the mass of the Milky Way using the positions and motions of its neighbor galaxies (M31, M33, and the LMC). Marc will be taking the next year to travel and do research (including with my collaborators at ETH Zurich) before applying to graduate school.
Ben worked with me, Yao-Yuan Mao, & Matt Becker on a new model for the galaxy-halo connection which extends previous techniques for abundance matching to include concentration dependence. Ben will stay at Stanford this year to do a co-terminal Masters in Statistics, and will start graduate school at UCSC in Fall 2016.
News, papers, and tidbits from Risa and her Galaxy Formation and Cosmology Group at KIPAC / Stanford University.