Kathryn Hadley PhD
I graduated with a PhD in Physics from the University of Oregon (UO) in 2011. While doing research in theoretical astrophysics, I taught astronomy at Lane Community College (LCC) where I received the Faculty Recognition Award. After graduation, I taught at Whitman College as a visiting professor for two years, and then at Lane Community College for two years. I am now full time at Oregon State University, teaching Astronomy courses in both fully on line and hybrid formats.
Website : khadley.com
Office phone: (541) 737-4312
OSU Office: Weniger Hall
SkypeName : hadlekat
Stars and Stellar Evolution
This course focuses on the formation, and evolution of sun-like stars and more massive stars. We will begin by studying light and how it gives us information regarding stars. We then look at our closest star, the sun, in detail, including how fusion produces energy in the core, and how that energy is transported to the surface of the sun. We learn about features of the sun like sunspots, flares and coronal mass ejections We will explore stars in general with special consideration given to the processes of star formation and evolution. We then discuss the end-state of sun-like stars, and for more massive stars, the supernova, paying attention compact objects like neutron stars and black holes.
Galaxies, Quasars and Cosmology
This course begins by examining our own galaxy, the Milky Way. We then look at galaxies in general, discerning between different kinds of galaxies and discussing galaxy formation and evolution, and the role that dark matter plays. We go on to consider the universe as a whole. We will look at the current state of the mapping of the universe and its large scale structure. We will then look at its creation, focusing on aspects of the big bang theory and observational evidence backing up our theory, namely, the cosmic microwave background radiation. We discuss the evolution of the universe to its present state, including the relatively recent discovery of the acceleration of the expansion of the universe and dark energy. We finish by studying life in the universe, including the possibilities of finding life on other planets and in other star systems.