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As AstroPALs, we're dedicated to providing incoming graduate students with the information and support they need to succeed (and enjoy life!) in the GSU Astronomy department. Below is a little information about this year's group of peer mentors. We hope each profile will give you a glimpse into our lives and make you more comfortable coming to us with questions, complaints, or thoughts about the department, academics, research, the city, or anything else on your mind. We're all involved in AstroPAL because we enjoy it and we want you to benefit from our experiences (and myriad mistakes!), so please seek us out.






Nicole Cabrera (6th year grad)

Office: 25 Park Place, 625F
Email: charlie@astro.gsu.edu
Advisor: Russel White
Research interests: young stars, active stars, exoplanets
Research techniques: spectroscopy
Programming language of choice: IDL
I should be your first stop for: a personal stylist, a dance partner, help with basic IDL/programming, advice on presentation aesthetics and public speaking, help with grant/observing/fellowship proposals, or travel advice.
Hobbies beyond work: salsa and swing dancing
Favorite place to watch movies: Midtown Arts Cinema
Random advice for new grad students: Making your own meals and bringing the leftovers for lunch saves you TONS of money, which you can then use toward weekend ahem consumption.
Favorite places to work outside the office: Dancing Goats, Amelie's, Dr. Bombay's
Know your neighbors! Nicole lives in: Midtown/Westside







Jeremy Jones (7th year grad)

Office: 25 Park Place, 625C
Email: jones@astro.gsu.edu
Advisor: Russel White
Research interests: stellar evolution, rotation, and fundamental properties, exoplanets, A-stars, interferometry, astronomy/physics education.
Research techniques: interferometry
Programming language of choice: Python
I should be your first stop for: Python advice, interferometry advice, or discussions of Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Dungeons & Dragons.
Random advice for new grad students: Don't be afraid to ask questions.
Know your neighbors! Jeremy lives in: North Druid Hills







Ryan Norris (4th year grad)

Office: 25 Park Place, 605C
Email: norris@astro.gsu.edu
Advisor: Doug Gies
Research interests: Binary stars, massive stars, spectroscopy, interferometry
Research techniques: Spectroscopy
Programming language of choice: IDL, Python
I should be your first stop for: Nutella cookies, proofreading and editing
Hobbies beyond work: running, baking, cooking, reading, writing
Favorite place to escape from the office: University Library North, 4th floor (world literature section)
Random advice for new grad students: If something is bothering you, talk to someone about it. Also, Don't Panic.
Favorite place to work outside the office: school library, MARTA (for reading papers between school and home)
Know your neighbors! Ryan lives in: Druid Hills







Ben Ou-Yang (6th year grad)

Office: 25 Park Place, 625D
Email: ouyang@astro.gsu.edu
Advisor: Misty Bentz
Research interests: AGN
Research techniques: spectroscopy
Programming language of choice: IDL
I should be your first stop for: questions about radio spectra or the Tully-Fisher relation
Hobbies beyond work: playing violin, watching old movies
Favorite place to feel out of shape: walking up the escalator at the Peachtree Center MARTA station
Random advice for new grad students: Reach out to the faculty early if you have a research project in mind, but don't be discouraged if you don't have any idea yet!
Know your neighbors! Ben lives in: Buckhead







Crystal Pope (4th year grad, lab coordinator)

Office: 25 Park Place, 605B
Email: pope@astro.gsu.edu
Advisor: Mike Crenshaw
Research interests: AGN and host galaxy interactions, galaxy morphology and evolution
Research techniques: photometry, spectroscopy, integral field units (IFUs)
Programming language of choice: IDL
I should be your first stop for: answers about the labs
Hobbies beyond work: cooking and baking, hiking, reading, yoga
Favorite place to catch a movie: the Phipps AMC (reclining chairs!)
Random advice for new grad students: You don't have to sacrifice your happiness in the present in order to build a life for yourself in the future.
Know your neighbors! Crystal lives in: Decatur







Sam Quinn (5th year grad)

Office: 25 Park Place, 605F
Email: quinn@astro.gsu.edu
Advisor: Russel White
Research interests: Giant planet migration, open cluster planets, dynamics of multi systems
Research techniques: spectroscopy, high resolution imaging, simulation
Programming language of choice: IDL
I should be your first stop for: IDL help, discussion about exoplanets, someone to watch sports with, or a babysitting job(!)
Hobbies beyond work: playing basketball, hiking
Favorite place to hike inside the perimeter: East Palisades Trail
Favorite place to look at dogs: Park Grounds coffee shop/dog park
Random advice for new grad students: Set aside time for leisure and stick to it - but this also means being efficient during the hours set aside for work!
Favorite place to work outside the office: Hodgepodge Coffeehouse
Know your neighbors! Sam lives in: Ormewood Park







Matt Anderson (3rd year grad)

Office: 527 Kell Hall
Email: manderson@astro.gsu.edu
Advisor: Fabien Baron
Research interests: Instrumentation, reverberation mapping, image reconstruction, interferometry
Research techniques: Interferometry, high resolution imaging, simulation
Programming language of choice: Python
I should be your first stop for: Help defining arrays
Hobbies beyond work: Triathlon, video games
Favorite place to ride my bike: Stone Mountain
Random advice for new grad students: Do a barrel roll!
Favorite place to work outside the office: Dancing Goats coffee shop
Know your neighbors! Matt lives in: Decatur







Emily Manne-Nicholas (6th year grad)

Office: 25 Park Place, 625E
Email: nicholas@astro.gsu.edu
Advisor: Misty Bentz
Research interests: Extragalactic, supermassive black holes, galaxy morphology and evolution
Research techniques: photometry, spectroscopy, high resolution imaging, IFU data
Programming language of choice: IDL, python, IRAF, Fortran
I should be your first stop for: someone who knows what it's like to struggle with anxiety and has found strategies for coping with it
Favorite place to work outside the office: Starbucks
Hobbies beyond work: running, cat rescue, container gardening, nutrition
Favorite place to run: the Big Creek Greenway
Random advice for new grad students: You don't need to have all the answers yet, you're still learning. If you feel overwhelmed, the Counseling and Testing Center is FREE :D
Know your neighbors! Emily lives in: Alpharetta







Dicy Saylor (3rd year grad)

Office: Kell Hall
Email: dsaylor@astro.gsu.edu
Advisor: Sebastien Lepine
Research interests: stellar age, stellar variability, time series analysis, data mining
Research techniques: photometry
Programming language of choice: Python
I should be your first stop for: diet and exercise tips
Hobbies beyond work: powerlifting
Favorite place to shop: Edgewood Retail Center
Random advice for new grad students: Try your very best to not work on weekends.
Know your neighbors! Dicy lives in: Kirkwood







Luqian Wang (3rd year grad)

Office: Kell Hall
Email: wang@astro.gsu.edu
Advisor: Doug Gies
Research interests: Binary stars and Be stars
Research techniques: spectroscopy, simulation
Programming language of choice: IDL
Hobbies beyond work: bamboo flutes, hiking
Favorite place to work outside the office: Library
Know your neighbors! Luqian lives: Downtown