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Professor Allyson Sheffield Presents Research at American Astronomical Society Meeting
January 12, 2021
LaGuardia Community College physics professor Dr. Allyson Sheffield was the only community college faculty member to give a press conference at a recent meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The research, which involved three CUNY students (including Caesar Castillo from LaGuardia), revealed important new clues into the formation processes of the Milky Way.
Allyson Sheffield, PhD is associate professor of physics—teaching astronomy, astrobiology, and physics—in the Department of Natural Sciences at LaGuardia Community College.
The research was funded by a grant Dr. Sheffield received from the Faculty and Student Team (FAST) Initiative, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation—part of a series of grants to support student work at minority-serving institutions.
Click here to read about the research Dr. Sheffield presented at AAS.
Dr. Sheffield holds a bachelor’s in physics from NYU, and a master’s and doctorate in astronomy from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She taught at Vassar and Columbia before seeking a teaching position at a community college because, “It’s such an inspiring environment for a teacher who loves to teach, as I do.”
In 2018, she co-authored a paper with an international team of astronomers, published in the leading science journal Nature. Findings (which she explained in this YouTube video) helped expand understanding of the Milky Way Galaxy.
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