Sarah Gallagher

Sarah Gallagher is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Research Astronomer at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2006, she completed a Spitzer Postdoctoral Fellowshipentitled Understanding Quasar Outflows: Evolution or Orientation? Her research focuses on investigating the nature of winds from luminous quasars (accreting supermassive black holes at the centers of distant galaxies) using observatories covering the infrared to the X-ray, including two of NASA's Great Observatories, Spitzerand Chandra. Gallagher received her Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysicsfrom Penn Statewhere she was also a member of the Chandra ACIS Instrument team. Her thesis, entitled The View through the Wind: X-ray Observations of Broad Absorption Line Quasars, incorporated X-ray data from three observatories: ROSAT,ASCA,and Chandra. Gallagher spent a year at MITworking with the Chandra X-ray gratings groupbefore going to UCLA in 2003. Before graduate school, she was an undergraduate at Yale Universityand a Physics teacher for two years at the Holderness Schoolwhere she also coached soccer, ran a girls' dormitory, and led winter camping trips.

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