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Loren Anderson, Ph.D.



Assistant Professor of Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy
White Hall, Room G63
Morgantown,WV 26506

Phone: 304-293-4884

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Dr. Anderson’s research focuses on Galactic HII regions, the zones of ionized gas surrounding young massive stars. HII regions are one of the primary mechanisms that inject energy into the Galaxy. They are relatively rare but have a large impact on their surroundings.

Among other projects, Loren created the most complete catalog of Galactic regions using WISE telescope data (web site here ), and is using this catalog to tracer global massive star formation in our Galaxy. He is following up objects in this catalog with radio observations in the HII Region Discovery Survey, using the GBT, Arecibo, the VLA, and the ATCA (web site here )

Dr. Anderson comes to WVU by way of Marseille, France, where he spent two years working on data from the Herschel Space Observatory.


He earned his PhD from Boston University in 2009.

WVU hosts American Physical Society Mid-Atlantic Meeting

Professors Alan Bristow and Aldo Romero led the organization of this meeting in Morgantown in Fall 2015.

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Two Faculty honored with NSF CAREER awards

Professors Cheng Cen and Ned Flagg are the latest in a line-up of WVU recipients of this prestigious early-career award.

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Gravitational Waves Detected!

Prof. Sean McWilliams, assistant professor in our Department and Prof. Zach Etienne in WVU Math and adjunct in Physics and Astronomy are part of an international collaboration that has detected gravitational waves!

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