AparnaVenkatesanAparna Venkatesan is a cosmologist working on a number of research topics including studies of the first stars and quasars in the universe, cosmological reionization, the physical conditions in early-universe galaxies, cosmological element synthesis, and the cosmic microwave background.

She is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of San Francisco. Before moving to the Bay Area, she held an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at The University of Chicago, and her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s Astronomy Department.

Venkatesan currently serves on a number of local and national committees to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields and astronomy, including the American Astronomical Society’s Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy, and the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy.

Here is Venkatesan’s academic CV.

She was recently featured amongst USF’s Changemakers. She also appeared recently in a number of episodes of The Weather Channel’s show The Strangest Weather on Earth, covering topics from the Northern Lights to the Distorted Moon. For a full listing of appearances and interviews, please see the Press and Media link.

Venkatesan’s USF undergraduate research group was featured recently in these articles on the Undergraduate ALAFALFA Team: Mercury magazine article in 2015 and the CUR (Council on Undergraduate Research) Quarterly in summer 2016.

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