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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:07:00 +0100
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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
As part of ESA's strategy to foster commercial competitiveness in Europe while focusing on its core aims, the agency has transferred ownership of several ground tracking stations for reuse by external organisations. By the end of 2017, ESA will have transferred three stations to national organisations in Spain and Portugal, who will take over the provision of satellite tracking services to a wide variety of commercial customers. The three stations involved in the transfer are all equipped ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO's unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 b and is now the second-closest temperate planet to be detected after Proxima b. It is also the closest planet to be discovered orbiting an inactive red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially sustain life. Ross 128 b will be a prime target for ESO's Extremely ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:29:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has been chosen by the Italian space agency ASI to develop an instrument called RIME (Radar sounder for Icy Moons Exploration) for the JUICE (JUpiter Icy moons Explorer) mission, part of the European Space Agency's "2015-25 Cosmic Vision" program. Scheduled for launch in 2022 with an expected arrival in 2029, the JUICE mission is designed to study the Jovian system and more specifically its icy moons, Ganymede, Call...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:47:00 +0100
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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
After a successful year-long test campaign by Airbus at IABG in Ottobrunn near Munich, the twin GRACE-FO (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On) satellites will soon travel to their launch site in California. During testing, the gravity-measuring satellites, which will track the continuous movement of liquid water, ice and the solid Earth due to Earth's changing seasons, weather and climate processes, earthquakes and even human activities, were subjected to conditions similar to t...
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched its Antares(tm) rocket carrying a Cygnus(tm) spacecraft today at 7:19 a.m. EST, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch is Orbital ATK's eighth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. During the mission, designated OA-8, Cygnus will deliver vital equipment, supplies and experiments to the astronauts aboard the space station, as well a...
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
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Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:42:00 +0100
A UK company has been selected to undertake the Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) for a satellite which will help tackle climate change, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today. Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the UK Space Agency to work on MicroCarb, a joint UK-French satellite mission which will measure sources and sinks of carbon, the principal greenhouse gas driving global warming. It is the first European mission intended to characterise greenhouse gas fluxes on Ear...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 8 Nov 2017 22:05:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:11-02-2013
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     Current job:PhD Student
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
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     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsPhD in astrophysics at Stanford University. Long term experience with astronomical data analysis and statistics.
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    Personal

    Born on 29 November, 1984
    United States Citizen
    Speaks English (native) and German (fluent)



    Education

    Ph.D. Astrophysics, Stanford University, 2008-Present. Advisor: Steven Allen

    DAAD Research Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, 2007-2008. Advisor: Werner Hofmann

    B.S. Physics and Mathematics, (Magna Cum Laude), Northwestern University, 2003-2007. Advisor: Melville Ulmer


    Awards and Fellowships

     German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD) Research Fellowship, 2007-2008
     Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society
     Outstanding Undergraduate Honors Thesis, Physics Department, Northwestern University, 2007



    Talks and Proceedings

     Ehlert, S.; et al,,  "X-ray Bright AGN in the Vicinity of Massive Galaxy Clusters", Half a Century of X-Ray Astronomy, Myknonos Island Greece, September 2012

     Ehlert, S.; et al., "Extreme AGN Feedback in the most X-ray luminous cooling cores: MACSJ1931.8-2634", Snowcluster, Snowbird UT, March 2010

     Becherini, Y.; Djannati-Atai, A.; Punch, M.; Bernl"{o}hr, K.; Ehlert, S. ; Masbou, J.; Moulin, E.; Arribas, M. Paz, "HESS-II reconstruction strategy and performance in the low-energy (20-150 GeV) domain", 4th Meeting on High Energy Gamma Ray Astronomy , Heidelberg Germany, August 2008

    Ehlert, S.; and Ulmer, M.P., "Iron Abundance and Temperature Gradients in High Redshift Galaxy Clusters", Meeting of the American Astronomical Society , Seattle WA, January 2007

    Successful Observing Proposals


    Spring 2012: ``An inside view: Does the fraction of X-ray AGN track the quenching of star formation in cluster galaxies?'', {it ESO VLT Period 90}, Anja von der Linden PI, 42 hours, 10 clusters

     

    Spring 2012: ``Tracing a Merger from Start to Finish in Abell 85'' {it Chandra Cycle 14} joint with {it Suzaku}, Steve Allen Funding PI, Steven Ehlert Observing Co-I, 160+100 ks. 

    Fall 2010: ``The Deep Impact of AGN Feeback in M84'' {it XMM-Newton Cycle 10} joint with {it VLT}, Steven Ehlert PI, 130 ks+2 hours. 

    Fall 2010: ``MACS J1931.8-2634: Destruction of a cluster cool core in technicolor'', {it ESO VLT Period 87A}, Anja von der Linden PI, 15 hours

    Teaching


    Center for Teaching and Learning Liason, Physics Department, 2012-2013 

    Teaching Assistant Mentor, Physics Department, 2011-2012

    Spring Quarter 2012: Physics 100, Teaching Assistant

    Spring Quarter 2011: Physics 100/301, Teaching Assistant

     Fall Quarter 2009: Physics 45 (Thermodynamics and Optics), Head Teaching Assistant

     Winter Quarter 2009: Physics 41 (Mechanics), Section Teaching Assistant.

    Further details on Teaching Positions:


    The Physics 40 series (41,43,and 45) at Stanford is a series of introductrory Physics courses that require the use of calculus. These courses are mandatory for young physics majors and most fields of engineering, and typical enrollment is approximately 300-400 students per quarter. Teaching assistants are typically given two sections of 18 students each for whom they supervise in a weekly 1 hour recitation section. The section teaching assistants are also responsible for grading problem sets and being the first contact for students when questions or concerns arise. All of the section teaching assistants are supervised by a head teaching assistant who communicates more directly with the instructor. The head teaching assistant's responsibilities include writing problem sets and examinations, providing vision and guidance to the section teaching assistants, and managing the unique administrative tasks that arise in a class of 300+ students.


    Physics 100 at Stanford is laboratory-based observational astronomy course utilizing the 0.4 and 0.6 m telescopes at the Stanford Student Observatory. Every other year the course is also open to graduate students (known as Physics 301). We teach the fundamentals of observational astronomy, statistics, and data analysis using an analysis pipeline built from scratch combined with new and archival telescope data. The course culminates with the students proposing and performing their own original research projects utilizing telescope data from the Stanford Student Observatory or other public archives. Previous projects of note include reconstructing satellite orbits from CCD image streaks and the detections of an extra-solar planet using the transit method.     


    The Physics Department at Stanford, in order to make their instruction more effective for undergraduate students, works closely with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Stanford University in order to maintain a high standard of teaching across all classes. One of the key components of this program is the Teaching Assistant (TA) Mentor program, where experienced TA's are assigned to help provide insight and advice to new TA's as needed. Additionally, the Mentor TA's also perform mid-quarter evaluations of their mentee TA's, which allow the new TA's the opportunity to adjust their teaching strategies before the end of the quarter. One Mentor TA in particular is chosen to represent the department as the liason to the CTL, and help promote the exchange of ideas between the Physics Department and CTL. The CTL liason also, in conjunction with the CTL, helps develop new teaching approaches for the Physics department based on the departments particular needs and previous experience.

     
    Additional Service

    Representative to Congressional Offices, SLAC User's Organization, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory



    Further Details on Service Positions:


    In March of 2012, I served as a member of the Slac Users Organization (SLUO, SLAC National Accelerator Laborary, Menlo Park CA) on their annual trip to Washington D.C. in order to thank members of the United States Congress for their continued support for high energy particle physics and astrophysics. Additionally, we spoke to the Congressional offices to emphasize the importance of stable, healthy long-term funding to our community and the United States at large and the broader impacts that cutting edge pure science research. This trip is undertaken every year along with representatives from Fermilab and the US users of the Large Hadron Collider. Over the course of two days in Washington DC, I spoke with 13 Congressional Offices in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate as well as directors of the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy.   




    Skills and Competencies

    Computer Languages: Bash and C-Shell, Python, IDL, C++

    Machine Shop: Bandsaw, Lathe, Milling Machine



    Publications

    Journal Articles
    All of these articles have been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals.


    {bf Ehlert, S.}; Allen, S.W.; von der Linden, A.; Werner, N.; Simionescu, Kenney, J.D.P.; A.; Million, E. T.; Finoguenov, A.; ``Ripping at the Seams: The Network of Stripped Gas Surrounding M86'', accepted by MNRAS, arXiv # 1212.3612

    {bf Ehlert, S.}; Allen, S.W.; Brandt, W.N.; Xue, Y.Q.; Luo, B.; von der Linden, A.; Mantz, A.; and  Morris, R. G. ``X-ray Bright Active Galactic Nuclei in Massive Galaxy Clusters I: Number Counts and Spatial Distribution'', Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 428, Issue 4

    {bf Ehlert, S.}; Allen, S. W.; von der Linden, A.; Simionescu, A.; Werner, N.; Taylor, G. B.; Gentile, G.; Ebeling, H.; Allen, M. T.; Applegate, D.; Dunn, R. J. H.; Fabian, A. C.; Kelly, P.; Million, E. T.; Morris, R. G.; Sanders, J. S.; Schmidt, R. W. ``Extreme active galactic nucleus feedback and cool-core destruction in the X-ray luminous galaxy cluster MACS J1931.8-2634'', Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2011, Volume 411, Issue 3

    {bf Ehlert, S.}; Ulmer, M. P. ``The radial dependence of temperature and iron abundance. Galaxy clusters from z = 0.14 to z = 0.89'', Astronomy and Astrophysics 2009, Volume 503, Issue 1

    Ulmer, M. P.; Graham, M. E.; Vaynman, S.; Echt, J.; Farber, M.; { bf Ehlert, S.}; Varlese, S. ``Progress Toward Light Weight High Angular Resolution Multilayer Coated Optics'', Experimental Astronomy 2005, Volume 20, Issue 1-3

       
     



    Journal Articles Near Completion
    These articles have either been submitted for publication or will soon be. All are in the final stages of preparation and the results in these papers are robust. You can find preprints at
    href{http://www.stanford.edu/~sehlert/cv.html}{tt http://www.stanford.edu/textasciitilde sehlert/cv.html}. 


    {bf Ehlert, S.}; Allen, S.W.; Brandt, W.N.; Xue, Y.Q.; Luo, B.; von der Linden, A.; Mantz, A.; and  Morris, R. G. ``X-ray Bright Active Galactic Nuclei in Massive Galaxy Clusters II: The fraction of galaxies hosting X-ray AGN''

    {bf Ehlert, S.}; Allen, S.W.; Brandt, W.N.; Xue, Y.Q.; Luo, B.; von der Linden, A.; Mantz, A.; and  Morris, R. G. ``X-ray Bright Active Galactic Nuclei in Massive Galaxy Clusters III:  The near-universal influence of the cluster environment''




     


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