Curriculum Vitae - Brandon Lawton


Personal Information
Address: Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218

Phone: (410) 338-4972
Fax: (410) 338-4767
Email: lawton[at]stsci.edu
Homepage: http://www.stsci.edu/~lawton

Work Experience

2011 – Present Outreach Astronomer Office of Public Outreach, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), Baltimore, MD
Hubble Space Telescope Education Team, James Webb Space Telescope Education Team, & NASA Science, Education, and Public Outreach Forum (SEPOF) Member
Virtual Astronomy Observatory (VAO) Education and Public Outreach Member (2011-2012)
Researcher (2012-Present)
Manager: Bonnie Eisenhamer
2008 – 2011 Post-doc. Astronomy, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), Baltimore, MD
Spitzer SAGE-LMC, Spitzer SAGE-SMC, Spitzer SAGE-Spec, and Herschel HERITAGE Science Team Member
Advisor: Karl D. Gordon

Education
2008 Ph.D. Astronomy, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
"Diffuse Interstellar Bands in Damped Lyman-alpha and Starburst Galaxies"
Advisor: Chris W. Churchill

2006 M.S. Astronomy, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
"Diffuse Interstellar Bands in 7 Intermediate Redshift DLAs"
Advisor: Chris W. Churchill
"Bulge-Disk Decomposition of SDSS Galaxies"
Advisor: Nicole P. Vogt

2002 B.S. Astronomy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
"Aquisition and Analysis of CV Light Curves"
Advisor: Paula Szkody
"Aquisition and Analysis of RR Lyrae Light Curves"
Advisor: Chris W. Stubbs

Research Fellowships & Grants
2008 International Astronomical Union Travel Grant ($495)

2007 – 2008 New Mexico Space Grant Consortium - NMSGC ($4,000)

2007 Bioastronomy Travel Grant ($1,530)
Astrobiology Graduate Conference Travel Grant ($500)

2005 International Astronomical Union Travel Grant ($210)
International Astronomical Union Travel Grant ($575)

2004 – 2007 NASA Graduate Student Research Programs - GSRP ($72,000, 3yr)

2004 New Mexico Space Grant Consortium - NMSGC ($4,000)

Research Experience
Awarded Time: Hubble Space Telescope, 10 orbits (PI Karl Gordon, ID 12556)
Apache Point Observatory (APO) 3.5 meter, 20 half-nights
Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) 9.2 meter, 9 hours

Observed on: APO/DIS, Manastash Ridge Observatory (MRO)

Analyzed and/or Reduced Data from: QSO Spectra – APO/DIS, Keck-I/HIRES, VLT/FORS2, WHT/ISIS, VLT/UVES, & Gemini/GMOS
Galaxy Spectra – APO/DIS, HET/MRS, & Keck-II/ESI
Galaxy Imaging – Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)
Photometry of HII Regions – Spitzer/IRAC,MIPS
Stellar Photometry – MRO

Software: IRAF, IDL, C, Fortran, Perl, Numerical Recipes, HTML, LaTex, UNIX, Linux, Mac, Windows XP, DS9, SM, Xfig, XV, Emacs, CUPID, Fellwalker, ClumpFind, GIM2D, GAIA, & SExtractor

My Software: EWlim-cal – Systematically calculates the equivalent width limit for resolved or unresolved absorption lines. The pixels are properly weighted by the instrumental profile based on the expected width of the absorption line (assuming a gaussian shape). Uncertainty in the equivalent width limit is estimated from the uncertainties in resolution of the instrument, rest full width half-maximum of the absorption line, rest wavelength of the absorption line, and the continuum fit.

Refereed Journal Papers

17) Lawton, B., Gordon, K. D., et al. 2012, in preparation; Spitzer Mega-SAGE Overview: Star Forming Regions in the Magellanic Clouds

16) Gordon, K. D., (26 coauthors), Lawton, B., et al. 2012, in preparation; Surveying the Agents of Galaxy Evolution in the Tidally Stripped, Low Metallicity, Small Magellanic Cloud (SAGE-SMC). I. Overview and Initial Results

15) Lawton, B., Rupke, D. S., Veilleux, S., Churchill, C. W., & Snow, T. P. 2012, in preparation; Diffuse Interstellar Bands in Low Redshift Starburst Galaxies

14) Carlson, L. R., (3 coauthors), & Lawton, B. 2012, A&A, 542, 66; Identifying Young Stellar Objects in Nine Large Magellanic Cloud Star-Forming Regions

13) Bolatto, A., (4 coauthors), Lawton, B., et al. 2011, ApJ, 741, 12; The State of the Gas and the Relation Between Gas and Star Formation at Low Metallicity: The Small Magellanic Cloud

12) Slater, C. T., (6 coauthors), Lawton, B., et al. 2011, ApJ, 732, 98; Dust Emission from Evolved and Unevolved HII Regions in the Large Magellanic Cloud

11) Woods, P. M., (32 coauthors), Lawton, B., et al. 2011, MNRAS, 411, 1597; The SAGE-Spec Spitzer Legacy Program: The Life-Cycle of Dust and Gas in the Large Magellanic Cloud - Point Source Classification I

10) Meixner, M., (30 coauthors), Lawton, B., et al. 2010, A&A, 518, 71; Herschel Inventory of The Agents of Galaxy Evolution (HERITAGE): the Large Magellanic Cloud dust

09) Hony, S., (10 coauthors), Lawton, B., et al. 2010, A&A, 518, 76; The Herschel Revolution: Unveiling the Morphology of the Sites of High Mass Star Formation in N44 and N63 in the LMC

08) Lawton, B., Gordon, K. D., et al. 2010, ApJ, 716, 453; Spitzer Analysis of HII Regions in the Magellanic Clouds: Determining a Suitable Monochromatic Obscured Star Formation Rate Indicator

07) Kemper, F., (22 coauthors), Lawton, B., et al. 2010, PASP, 122, 683; The SAGE-Spec Spitzer Legacy Program: The Life-cycle of Dust and Gas in the Large Magellanic Cloud

06) Lawton, B., Churchill, et al. 2008, AJ, 136, 994L; Limits on Reddening and Gas-to-Dust Ratios for Seven Intermediate Redshift Damped Ly α Absorbers from Diffuse Interstellar Bands

05) York, B. A., Ellison, S. L., Lawton, B., et al. 2006 ApJ, 647, L29; Detection of Diffuse Interstellar Bands in the z=0.5 Damped Lyman-alpha System Toward AO 0235+164

04) Szkody, P., (5 coauthors), Lawton, B., et al. 2003 AJ, 126, 1499; Cataclysmic Variables from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. II. The Second Year

03) Szkody, P., (9 coauthors), Lawton, B., et al. 2003 ApJ, 583, 902; Two Rare Magnetic Cataclysmic Variables With Extreme Cyclotron Features Identified in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

02) Vanden Berk, D., (3 coauthors), & Lawton, B. 2001, IAUC, 7744, 1; Supernova 2001fg in Anonymous Galaxy

01) Miknaitis, G., (3 coauthors), & Lawton, B. 2001, IAUC, 7731, 2; Supernova 2001eu in Anonymous Galaxy

Conference Proceedings

03) Lawton, B., Churchill, et al. 2008, submitted September 2008, Evidence of Magellanic-like Moderate Redshift HI-Rich Galaxies, in "The Magellanic System: Stars, Gas, and Galaxies", Keele University, United Kingdom, July 28 – August 1, 2008, eds. J. Th. van Loon, & J. M. Oliveira (IAU Symposium 256)

02) Lawton, B., Churchill, et al. 2007, submitted October 2007, Searching for the Precursors of Life in External Galaxies, in "Bioastronomy 2007", San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 16 – 20, 2007, eds. K. Meech, M. Mumma, J. Siefert, & D. Werthimer, (Astrobiology Institute)

01) Lawton, B., York, B., et al. 2005, A Search for Organic Molecules in Intermediate Redshift DLAs, in "Probing Galaxies through Quasar Absorption Lines", Shanghai, China, March 14 – 19, 2005, eds. P. Williams, C. Shu, & B. Ménard, (IAU Colloquium 199)


Meetings & Presentations
Date Location Conference Title/University Name Type Title
January 2014 Washington D.C. 223rd American Astronomical Society Meeting Poster Engaging Scientists in NASA Education and Public Outreach: Informal Science Education and Outreach
December 2013 Baltimore, MD Space Telescope Science Institute Talk An Introduction to the Frontier Fields
July 2013 San Jose, CA Astronomical Society of the Pacific Annual Meeting Poster Beyond International Year of Astronomy: The Universe Discovery Guides
April 2013 San Antonio, TX National Science Teachers Association National Conference Co-Led Workshop NASA's Next Generation Science Classroom
January 2013 Long Beach, CA 221st American Astronomical Society Meeting Poster Enhancing the Impact of NASA Astrophysics Education and Public Outreach: Using Real NASA Data in the Classroom
August 2012 Tucson, AZ Astronomical Society of the Pacific Annual Meeting Led Special Interest Group Session Promoting STEM Learning in Formal Education using Real Space Science Data
April 2012 Washington D.C. 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival NASA SMD Exhibit Organizer NASA Science: Advancing Science, Technology, and Exploration
March 2012 Indianapolis, IN National Science Teachers Association National Conference Talk Bring NASA Science into Your Classroom!
January 2012 Austin, TX 219th American Astronomical Society Meeting Led Workshop Science Tools for Data-Intensive Astronomy, E/PO Section
January 2012 Austin, TX 219th American Astronomical Society Meeting Poster Education and Outreach with the Virtual Astronomical Observatory
December 2011 Pasadena, CA VAO Team Meeting Led E/PO Planning Public Outreach and Education via the Virtual Astronomy Observatory (VAO)
July 2011 Baltimore, MD Astronomical Society of the Pacific Annual Meeting Poster Bringing the Virtual Astronomical Observatory to the Education Community
July 2011 Boston, MA VAO Team Meeting Led E/PO Planning Public Outreach and Education via the Virtual Astronomy Observatory (VAO)
May 2011 Naples, Italy IVOA Interoperability Meeting Talk VAO and Education
March 2011 Tucson, AZ VAO Team Meeting Led E/PO Planning Public Outreach and Education via the Virtual Astronomy Observatory (VAO)
January 2011 Seattle, WA 217th American Astronomical Society Meeting Poster Infrared Study of Star Forming Regions in the Magellanic Clouds via Spitzer
October 2010 Toledo, OH WittFest Poster Spitzer View of Dust Emission as a Probe of Star Forming Regions in the Magellanic Clouds
August 2010 Baltimore, MD HotSci@STScI Talk Spitzer View of Star Forming Regions in the Magellanic Clouds
May 2010 Baltimore, MD Stellar Populations in the Cosmological Context Poster Spitzer Analysis of HII Region Complexes in the Magellanic Clouds: Determining a Suitable Monochromatic Obscured Star Formation Indicator
April 2010 Gainesville, FL From Stars to Galaxies Poster Spitzer View of Star Forming Regions in the Magellanic Clouds
January 2010 Washington D.C. 215th American Astronomical Society Meeting Poster Spitzer Analysis of HII Complexes in the Magellanic Clouds: Determining a Suitable Monochromatic Obscured Star Formation Rate Indicator
August 2009 Baltimore, MD STScI 2009 Postdoc Talks Talk Spatial Analysis of Dust around LMC and SMC HII Regions
May 2009 Baltimore, MD The Search for Life in the Universe Poster Organics in Galaxies, as Traced by the Diffuse Interstellar Bands
April 2009 Baltimore, MD 2009 STScI/JHU Astronomy Jamboree Talk Star Formation Rate Indicators in the Magellanic Clouds and Organics in Galaxies
July 2008 Keele, UK IAU Symposium 251: The Magellanic System: Stars, Gas, and Galaxies Talk Evidence of Magellanic-like Moderate Redshift HI-Rich Galaxies
July 2008 Las Cruces, NM New Mexico State University Thesis Defense Talk Diffuse Interstellar Bands in DLA and Starburst Galaxies
April 2008 Las Cruces, NM Graduate Research & Arts Symposium Poster Searching For the Precursors of Life in External Galaxies
January 2008 Austin, TX 211th American Astronomical Society Meeting Dissertation Talk Diffuse Interstellar Bands in Low to Moderate Redshift Galaxies
July 2007 San Juan, PR Bioastronomy 2007 Talk Searching for the Precursors of Life in External Galaxies
July 2007 San Juan, PR ABGradCon Poster Searching for the Precursors of Life in External Galaxies
April 2007 Las Cruces, NM Graduate Research & Arts Symposium Talk The Search for Organic Molecules in Galaxies
January 2007 Seattle, WA 209th American Astronomical Society Meeting Talk Study of Diffuse Interstellar Bands in 7 Intermediate Redshift Galaxies
April 2006 Las Cruces, NM Graduate Research & Arts Symposium Talk The Search for Organic Molecules in Galaxies
March 2006 Las Cruces, NM New Mexico State University Talk The Nature of the Diffuse Interstellar Bands in Extra-Galactic Sources
October 2005 Socorro, NM NRAO – 21st Annual New Mexico Symposium Poster Search for Organic Molecules in Intermediate Redshift DLAs
August 2005 Monterey, CA IAU Symposium 231: Astrochemistry – Recent Successes and Current Challenges Poster A Search for Diffuse Interstellar Bands in Intermediate Redshift DLAs
April 2005 Las Cruces, NM Graduate Research & Arts Symposium Poster Searching a Low Redshift Galaxy for Organic Molecules
March 2005 Shanghai, China IAU Colloquium 199: Probing Galaxies Through QSO Absorption Lines Poster A Search for Organic Molecules in Intermediate Redshift DLAs
January 2005 San Diego, CA 205th American Astronomical Society Meeting Poster The Search for Extragalactic Diffuse Interstellar Bands via QSO Absorption Line Systems
November 2004 Las Cruces, NM New Mexico State University: Lunch Talk Series Talk The Search For the Ingredients of Life in Extragalactic Sources: Diffuse Interstellar Bands
October 2004 Las Cruces, NM New Mexico Space Grant Consortium Student Colloquium Talk Diffuse Interstellar Bands: The Search for Extragalactic Biological Molecules
Media Coverage of Research

NMSU Research News: NMSU Astronomy Graduate Working at NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute
research.nmsu.edu/nl/ovprgi_newsletter_aug08.pdf

New Scientist Magazine (online): New evidence for extragalactic life-forming matter
http://space.newscientist.com/article/dn12911-new-evidence-for-extragalactic-lifeforming-matter.html

Las Cruces Bulletin News Release: NMSU Astronomers at Forefront of Quasar-based Research
http://www.nmsu.edu/~ucomm/Releases/2005/March/quasar_research.html

Professional Memberships & Service

Spitzer SAGE-LMC Legacy Team Member
Spitzer SAGE-SMC Legacy Team Member
Spitzer SAGE-Spec Legacy Team Member
Herschel HERITAGE Legacy Team Member
American Astronomical Society
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
American Physical Society
The Planetary Society
Referee – ApJ


Teaching & Tutoring Experience
May 2010 – Present Baltimore Project ASTRO Helping local K-12 teachers plan and implement astronomy lessons. Baltimore, MD
Jan. 2011 – May 2011 Instructor Responsible for teaching undergraduate introductory astronomy course. Loyola University, Baltimore, MD
Jan. 2008 – May 2008 Astronomy Teaching Assistant Responsible for grading work and meeting with students in a "History of Human Spaceflight" course New Mexico State University
Aug. 2007 – Dec. 2007 Astronomy Teaching Assistant Responsible for grading online work and meeting with students via instant messenger for office hours in an "Astronomy for Educators" distance-education course New Mexico State University
Aug. 2003 – May 2004 Astronomy Head Teaching Assistant Responsible for teaching labs to new teaching assistants and creating new labs New Mexico State University
Aug. 2002 – May 2004 Astronomy Teaching Assistant Responsible for teaching the lab component of the undergrad level astronomy course, grading course material, and meeting with students during office hours New Mexico State University
Aug. 2002 – May 2004 Astronomy Campus Observatory Operator Responsible for operating the campus observatory for two to four hours a week New Mexico State University
Jan. 2002 – June 2002 Astronomy Teaching Assistant Responsible for teaching the lab component of the undergrad level astronomy course, grading course material, and meeting with students during office hours University of Washington

Outreach & Leadership
January – April, 2012 NASA SMD Organizer for the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival, Organized the efforts of hundreds of scientists, E/PO leads, and volunteers for the 22 NASA SMD booths representing over 15 NASA Earth and Space Science missions at the festival in Washington, D.C. The festival had more than 150,000 visitors over three days in April, 2012.
June 4–6, 2010 World Science Festival Volunteer, Staff JWST booth, answer questions from the public, and help out with night sky viewing – New York City
Oct. 2009 – Sept. 2010 Post-doc Representative to the STScI Science Staff, Attends STScI science staff meetings, conveys information to STScI post-docs, and takes post-doc concerns to the STScI science staff – STScI
July 2007 Selection Committee Member, Dennis W. Darnall Faculty Achievement Award celebrating excellence in research, teaching, mentoring, and community outreach – New Mexico State University
Feb. 2007 – July 2007 Plan2Plan Taskforce Member, Graduate student representative on creating a strategic plan for the university – New Mexico State University
Jan. 2007 – Apr. 2007 GRAS Organizer, Help organize and run the Graduate Research & Arts Symposium – New Mexico State University
Oct. 2006 – July 2007 Graduate Student Council Executive Officer, Liason with University administrators, help run Graduate Student Council meetings, and sit in on election board meetings for the collective student government – New Mexico State University
Oct. 2006 – July 2007 Grad Week Organizer, Organize a week of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Graduate School – New Mexico State University
July 2006 Selection Committee Member, Dennis W. Darnall Faculty Achievement Award celebrating excellence in research, teaching, mentoring, and community outreach – New Mexico State University
Mar. 2006 – Oct. 2006 Graduate Student Council Vice-President, Liason with University administrators, help run Graduate Student Council meetings, sit on the Graduate Student Council Finance Board, and sit in on election board meetings for the collective student government – New Mexico State University
Jan. 2006 – Apr. 2006 GRAS Organizer, Help organize and run the Graduate Research & Arts Symposium – New Mexico State University
May 2005 – May 2006 Astronomy Graduate Student Organization President, Liason between graduate students and faculty, sit in on faculty meetings, and run weekly meetings, Department of Astronomy – New Mexico State University
May 2004 – May 2005 Astronomy Graduate Student Organization Vice-President, Responsible for arranging outreach events between the department of astronomy and the local community, Department of Astronomy – New Mexico State University

References
Dr. Karl D. Gordon
STScI, Associate Astronomer
Baltimore, MD 21218
410-338-5031
kgordon[at]stsci.edu
Dr. Christopher W. Churchill
NMSU, Associate Professor
Las Cruces, NM 88003
575-646-1913
cwc[at]nmsu.edu
Bonnie Eisenhamer
STScI, OPO Education Team Manager
Baltimore, MD 21218
410-338-4798
bonnie[at]stsci.edu
Dr. Theodore P. Snow
UC Boulder, Professor
Boulder, CO 80309
303-492-7669
Theodore.Snow[at]colorado.edu