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Laura Chomiuk

Associate Professor
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Biomedical-Physical Sciences Bldg.
567 Wilson Rd., Room 3276
(517) 884-5608



2010: Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison;
2006: M.S., Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison;
2003: B.A., Astronomy and Physics, Wesleyan University (High Honors in Astronomy)

Selected Publications

Toward a Unification of Star Formation Rate Determinations in the Milky Way and Other Galaxies.
L. Chomiuk & M. S. Povich. 2011, AJ, in press.

Pan-STARRS1 Discovery of Two Ultra-Luminous Supernovae at z ~ 0.9.
L. Chomiuk, R. Chornock, A. M. Soderberg, E. Berger, R. A. Chevalier, R. J. Foley, M. E. Huber, G. Narayan, A. Rest, S. Gezari, R. P. Kirshner, A. Riess, S. A. Rodney, S. J. Smartt, C. W. Stubbs, J. L. Tonry, W. M. Wood-Vasey, W. S. Burgett, K. C. Chambers, I. Czekala, H. Flewelling, K. Forster, N. Kaiser, R. P. Kudritzki, E. A. Magnier, D. C. Martin, J. S. Morgan, J. D. Neill, P. A. Price, K. C. Roth, N. E. Sanders, & R. J. Wainscoat. 2011, ApJ, in press.

Unveiling Extragalactic Star Formation Using Radio Recombination Lines: An Expanded Very Large Array Pilot Study with NGC 253.
A. A. Kepley, L. Chomiuk, K. E. Johnson, W. M. Goss, D. S. Balser & D. J. Pisano. 2011, ApJ, 739, L24.

Expanded Very Large Array Nova Project Observations of the Classical Nova V1723 Aquilae.
M. I. Krauss, L. Chomiuk, M. P. Rupen, N. Roy, A. J. Mioduszewski, J. L. Sokoloski, T. Nelson, K. Mukai, M. F. Bode, S. P. S. Eyres, & T. J. O'Brien. 2011, ApJ, 739, L6.

Professional Activities & Interests / Biographical Information

Laura is interested in stellar evolution, stellar explosions, and the feedback effects these explosions have on star formation. She studies novae and supernovae at a range of wavelengths, with a particular focus on radio observations, in order to probe the physics of the ejection mechanisms in these explosions, to constrain the circumstellar environments of the exploding stars, and to test models of both the progenitor systems and of the explosions themselves.