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Loren Anderson, Ph.D.

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

Phone: 304-293-4884
E-mail: loren.anderson@mail.wvu.edu

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Research

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.

Education

He earned his PhD from Boston University in 2009.
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Professor Alan Bristow was featured in the inaugural “Ask an Expert” article in the Fall 2014 edition of WVU Magazine, where he answered questions about the future of photonic devices and the study of physics.

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Siding Spring Comet.  Credit: NASA

WVU Students Track Comet on its Million-year Journey

A comet that began its journey across our solar system more than a million years ago zoomed past Mars on Oct. 19. From Earth, observers in the southern hemisphere had the best vantage points of the icy ball hurtling through space, but its path didn’t escape the watch of West Virginia University students William Armentrout, Brittany Johnstone, and Virginia Cunningham.

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Mysterious Radio Bursts, Sent From Deep Space

Reporting in Science, researchers including WVU physics post-docs Sam Bates and Lina Levin write of discovering four radio bursts from outer space. WVU professors Duncan Lorimer and Maura McLaughlin were on the team that detected the first such explosion in 2007. On NPR’s Science Friday, Dr. Lorimer discusses what could be causing these radio signals, such as evaporating black holes, an idea proposed by Stephen Hawking in the 1970s.

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