Brief CV

 

                                                                   BRIEF RESUME: Varsha P. Kulkarni


PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION:


Education:

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:


Research Areas:

Extragalactic Astronomy, Observational Cosmology, Intergalactic and Circumgalactic Medium, Galaxy Evolution


Research Funding:

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


Publications and presentations:

• Over 150 research articles, conference proceedings, and abstracts

• Approx. 195  research talks at conferences and institutions in 9 countries


Some Recent Publications:


Hubble Space Telescope Observations of Sub-Damped Lyman-alpha Absorbers at z < 0.5, and Implications for Galaxy Chemical Evolution, Som, D., Kulkarni, V. P., Meiring, J., York, D. G., , Péroux, C., Lauroesch, J. T., Aller, M. C., & Khare, P. 2015,, Astrophys. J., in press, 24 pp. approx. (arXiv: astro-ph/1502.01989)


Atomic Data for Zn II: Improving  Spectral Diagnostics of Chemical Evolution in High-redshift Galaxies, Kisielius, R., Kulkarni, V. P., Ferland, G. J., Bogdanovich, P., Som, D., & Lykins, M. L. 2015, Astrophys. J., 804, 76, 10 pp.


Galactic nebular lines in the fibre spectra of background QSOs: reaching a hundred QSO-galaxy pairs with spectroscopic and photometric measurements, Straka, L. A., Noterdaeme, P., Srianand, R., Nutalaya, S., Kulkarni, V. P., Khare, P.,  Bowen, D.,  Bishof, M., & York, D. G. 2015, Monthly Not. Royal Astron. Soc., 447, 3856-3872


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., 785, 36, 16 pp.


A SINFONI Integral Field Spectroscopy Survey for Galaxy Counterparts to Damped Lyman-alpha Systems V. Neutral and Ionized-phase Metallicities, Péroux, 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, Péroux, C., Bouché, 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., Péroux, C., Khare, P., & Lauroesch, J. T. 2013, Monthly Not. Royal Astron. Soc., 435, 1469-1485


TEACHING AND STUDENT TRAINING:


University Courses Developed or Taught:

• SCHC 115, 116 (Honors Introductory Astronomy)

• ASTR 111,211, 311 (Descriptive Astronomy I, II, III)

• 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)


Research Student Supervision:

• Since 2000: 17 graduate and 24 undergraduate students supervised.

  1. Since 2008: 4 PhD and 2 MS graduates supervised to completion.


SERVICE ACTIVITIES:


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