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Complex problem solving
Lab or instrumentation skills
Knowledge of physics principles
Alicia Soderberg's Job:
She studies the use of multi-wavelength observation to constrain the properties of the local and large-scale environments around exploding and/or erupting stars. These observations can shed light on the progenitors of supernovae.
BS - Physics and Math, Bates College
M.Sc. - Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge
PhD - Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology
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Alicia is currently is in the beginning of her five year fellowship as a Hubble postdoc and Carnegie-Princeton fellow at Princeton University.
She recently had the good fortune to be the first to observe the supernova (SN 2008D). The supernova occurred a few weeks after another supernova from the same galaxy. To see two supernova's from the same galaxy within a matter of weeks is very unusual- 1:10, 000 chance. Typically a galaxy will produce one supernova every 100 years.