Hubble image of the center of NGC 6397...
can you find the white dwarfs?
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Welcome to Adrienne Cool's low-tech web page
I am an observational astronomer and a professor in the
Department of Physics and Astronomy
at San Francisco State University.
I joined the SFSU faculty in 1996 following a postdoctoral position at UC Berkeley. Prior
to that I did a PhD in astronomy at Harvard, an MS in electrical engineering at
Columbia, and a BS in physics at Yale. Here's a copy of my
I have taught
many different astronomy courses and recently have also
been co-teaching a course to help future K-12 teachers learn to teach science and gain experience doing it.
I enjoy teaching astronomy in informal settings as well, including on the sidewalk, at local schools,
in talks for amateur astronomy groups and at a star parties I do every spring in Alpine County.
focuses on globular clusters
which are the oldest identifiable structures in the
Milky Way. Using satellite observatories like the
Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory
my students and I study the binary star
content of globular clusters to understand their role in cluster dynamical evolution.
I am the director of the SFSU
and organize the observatory's
Public Open Nights
which are run by students.
I am also the faculty member responsible for SFSU's participation in the 30-inch telescope at
which SFSU students have access to 100+ nights per year.
I serve as
advisor for students pursuing a
B.S. in Physics: Concentration in Physics for Teaching
and for students pursuing a
minor in physics or a
minor in astronomy.
For many years I have been collaborating
with faculty and staff at
working on projects aimed at improving science education
for future teachers and illuminating the pathway to K-12
teaching for physics and astronomy students.