Wendy L. Freedman
John and Marion Sullivan University Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Education: Ph.D. in Astronomy, University of Toronto, 1984

Phone: 773-834-5651
Location: ERC 535
Email: wfreedmanuchicago.edu

Affiliations: Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

Observational cosmology, Hubble constant, dark energy, extragalactic distance scale, supernovae, Cepheids, galaxy evolution, initial mass function
Publications: ADS | arXiv

Research Fields:
Wendy Freedman's research is in observational cosmology (measures of the expansion rate of the universe using the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based Magellan telescope). Her current projects involve measurements of the Hubble constant -- the current expansion rate, as well as the past expansion rate, providing constraints on the acceleration of the universe and dark energy. Her other field of interest is the stellar populations of galaxies, the evolution of galaxies, and the initial mass function.

Scientific Projects
Past scientific projects: PI, Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT)

Graduate Students
  • Taylor Hoyt (Astronomy and Astrophysics)
  • Quang Tran (2018, Physics)

Past Graduate Students: Dylan Hatt (2017, Astronomy and Astrophysics)

Teaching Courses
  • [ASTR 18400] Origins: From the Big Bang to Human Consciousness: 2017 - 2018 (Spring)

Past courses:
  • [PHSC 12620] The Big Bang: 2016 - 2017 (Spring)

Department Committees

Past Department Committees:
  • Appointments: 2016 - 2017
  • Budget and Policy: 2016 - 2017 | 2015 - 2016
  • Giant Magellan Telescope - Chicago: 2016 - 2017 (Chair) | 2015 - 2016 (Chair) | 2014 - 2015

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