BRIEF RESUME: Varsha P. Kulkarni

 

Education and Professional Preparation:

¥ Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Engineering Physics, B. Tech., 1989

¥ Univ. of Chicago, Astronomy & Astrophysics, M.S., 1990

¥ Univ. of Chicago, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Ph.D., 1996

¥ Univ. of Arizona, NICMOS Postdoctoral Fellow, Quasar Absorption Systems, 1996-1999

 

Appointments:

¥ Interim Dept. Chair: Univ. of South Carolina, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, 7/2012-6/2013

¥ Professor: Univ. of South Carolina, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, 8/2010-present

¥ Associate Professor: Univ. of South Carolina, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, 8/2005-7/2010

¥ Assistant Professor: Univ. of South Carolina, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, 8/2000-7/2005

¥ Assistant Professor: Clemson Univ., Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, 8/1999-8/2000

¥ Research Associate: Univ. of Arizona, Steward Observatory, 9/1996-8/1999

¥ AURA Predoctoral Fellow: Space Telescope Scien. Inst., 1992-1996 (visiting from U. Chicago)

¥ McCormick Fellow/Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant: Univ. of Chicago, 1989-199

 

Selected Honors and Awards:

¥ Press Release for European Southern Observatory, 2006

¥ Interview by New Scientist magazine, 2006

¥ William F. Lucas Junior Faculty Research Award, University of Arizona, 1997

¥ Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, 1992—1996

¥ Robert R. McCormick Pre-doctoral Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1989-1992

¥ Gold Medal for highest score in Science among approx. 80,000 students in the Maharashtra State Secondary School Certificate Examination (roughly equivalent of the SAT), India, 1983

¥ Top rank in B. Tech. Engineering Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 1989

¥ National Science Talent Search Scholarship, India, 1983-1989

 

Research Funding:

¥ Funded by NASA and NSF since 2002 (Principal Investigator on all grants).

 

Publications and presentations:

¥ Approx. 120 research articles and conference proceedings

¥ Over 100 research talks at conferences and institutions in 9 countries

 

Some Recent Publications:

Interstellar Silicate Dust in the z=0.685 Absorber Toward TXS 0218+357, Aller, M. C., Kulkarni, V. P., York, D. G., Welty, D. E., Vladilo, G., & Liger, N. 2014, Astrophys. J., in press (arXiv:1402.4509)

 

A SINFONI Integral Field Spectroscopy Survey for Galaxy Counterparts to Damped

Lyman-alpha Systems V. Neutral and Ionized-phase Metallicities, PŽroux, C, Kulkarni, V. P., & York, D. G. 2014, Monthly Not. Royal Astron. Soc., 437, 3144-3158

 

Atomic Data for S II—Toward Better Diagnostics of Chemical Evolution in High-redshift Galaxies, Kisielius, R., Kulkarni, V. P., Ferland, G. J., Bogdanovich, P., & Lykins, M. L. 2014, Astrophys. J., 780, 76, 11 pp.

 

Galaxies with background QSOs - II. An automated search for multiple galaxy emission lines, Straka, L. A., Whichard, Z. L., Kulkarni, V. P., Bishof, M.,  Bowen, D., Khare, P., & York, D. G. 2013, Monthly Not. Royal Astron. Soc., 436, 3200-3223

 

A SINFONI Integral Field Spectroscopy Survey for Galaxy Counterparts to Damped

Lyman-alpha Systems IV. Masses and Gas Flows, PŽroux, C., BouchŽ, N., Kulkarni, V. P., & York, D. G. 2013, Monthly Not. Royal Astron. Soc., 436, 2650-2665

 

A Mini X-ray Survey of Sub-DLAs: Searching for AGNs formed in Protogalaxies, Chartas, G., Kulkarni, V. P., & Asper, A. 2013, Astrophys. J., 775, 119, 7 pp.

 

Element Abundances at high redshift: MIKE observations of sub-damped Lyman-a absorbers at 1.7 < z < 2.4, Som, D., Kulkarni, V. P., Meiring, J., York, D. G., PŽroux, C.,

Khare, P., & Lauroesch, J. T. 2013, Monthly Not. Royal Astron. Soc., 435, 1469

 

Research Student Supervision:

Since 2000: 12 graduate students supervised.

Since 2008: 9 graduate students, including 3 PhD graduates, 1 PhD expected in 2014. 6 undergraduate students, including a Carolina Scholar and a Magellan Scholar.

 

TEACHING:

University Courses Developed or Taught:

SCHC 115, 116 (Honors Introductory Astronomy), ASTR 111,211, 311 (Intro. Astronomy)

ASTR 475, 533, 534 (Upper-level Undergraduate Observational Astronomy Techniques)

ASTR 599 (Upper-level Undergraduate Extragalactic Astronomy)

PHYS 202, 208 (Introductory Physics)

PHYS 731 (Graduate-level Extragalactic Astrophysics)

PHYS 755A (Graduate-level Physics of Interstellar and Intergalactic Matter)

PHYS 755G (Graduate-level Properties and Evolution of Galaxies)

 

SERVICE:

¥ University:

--Interim Chair, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Univ. of South Carolina, 2012-2013

--USC Faculty Welfare Committee (Committee Chair, 2011-2012)

--USC Faculty Budget Committee (Committee Chair, 2013-2014)

--Faculty Senator 2005-2008

 

¥ Professional:

--President, Southern Atlantic Coast Section of American Assoc. of Physics Teachers, 2012-2013

--Vice-President, Southern Atlantic Coast Section American Assoc. of Physics Teachers, 2011-12

--Served on review panels for NASA, NSF, NOAO (National Optical Astronomy Observatories);     

   Reviewer for Science Foundation of Ireland

--Referee for several Astronomy and Astrophysics journals

--Founder and organizer of annual Meetings of Astronomers in South Carolina (now in 12th year)

--Session chair, judge, and panel discussion member at US and international conferences

--Research advisor for NASA/MUSPIN's Undergraduate Research Program in Astrophysics,

   a program for nationally selected minority undergraduates (operated by SC State Univ.)

--Advisory Committee, South Carolina State Museum Observatory-Planetarium project

 

¥ Community:

--Popular lectures / observing sessions for K-12 schools, local science clubs, and general public.

--Science Fair judge; Volunteer for Astronomy Day; Interviews for local publications/TV stations