Notice To Users

Gerard Williger

(and learn why research is key to the mission of the University)

I am an associate professor in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy  at the University of Louisville
E-mail: gmwill06 (-at-) louisville dot edu
NB: do NOT e-mail to my departmental account as it is retired and may not forward.
Office: Natural Science Bldg #206,  tel. 502/852-0821, fax 502/852-0742. 
Here are driving directions and a map of main campus
(on which we are in Bldg 34). I am also a Visiting Fellow at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute
for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at U. Central Lancashire, Preston, England,
a member of the
Institute for Computational and Astrophysical Sciences at the
Catholic University of America, the Jeremy Horrocks and worked as a Prof. des Universities at
the Obs. de la Côte d'Azur, at Lab. Lagrange, Univ. de Nice, France.

I frequently help to organize the annual Bullitt Lecture in Astronomy, with the next edition to
held on Thu Oct. 26, 2017, time to be announced, in the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium.
Dr. Candice Hansen of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab will our featured speaker.   She will talk about results from the
Juno mission, which arrived at Jupiter in July 2016.
I also sometimes am on the committee which presents the annual
Bullitt Scholarships and the Best Paper in Astronomy Award.

I spoke on the Great American Eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017 at Against the Grain on 17 May 2017 for "Louisville Underground Science".
It followed another 25 minute lecture by my student, Nicholas Duong, on Near-Earth Asteroids.
The two 25 minute audios, slides and animations are here.

I spoke on the formation of stars in distant galaxies at Against the Grain on 15 Oct 2014 for "Louisville Underground Science".
The 43 minute audio, slides and animations are here.
I also help to organize the Public Astronomy Lecture Series (PALS), started in Nov 2015.  Our talks are archived
here (slides and audio files).

Here is my interview on NPR's Science Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 on the colossal Large Quasar Group
found by Roger Clowes and collaborators.

The KY professional astronomical community hosts AAS Regional meetings:
Murray St. U. Apr. 8, 2017 website
Eastern Ky U. Apr 9, 2016 website.
U. Kentucky May 3, 2014  website.

Main Interests:

Outside Research Groups:

Louisville Research Group:
Jim Lauroesch, currently Assoc Professor (collaborator), former research scientist
Lutz Haberzettl, currently Adjunct Professor and Linux system manager, former post-doc
Jeremy Hornbeck, graduate student - publications
Nick Duong, undergraduate student 2015-16, writing Honors thesis

Former students:

Katie Harris, former PhD U. Central Lancashire (till 2012), former post-doc at U. de Nice (2012), last position a post-doc at Virginia Tech, publications with me
Karen Collins, graduate student 2006-09, wrote MS thesis - publications
Brian Carpenter, graduate student 2005-07, teacher at Laurel School, Shaker Heights OH
won inspirational teacher award, from MIT, 2013
twitter account, Brian Carpenter [at]physicscarp

Jared Keown, undergraduate student 2013-14, wrote Honors thesis, currently a PhD student at U. Victoria, BC, Canada - publications
Katherine Davis, undergraduate student 2008-09, wrote Honors thesis, won NSF Graduate Fellowship for PhD in physics at Purdue, now a post-doc at Princeton

Wes Miller, undergraduate student 2006-07, won Fulbright to Konkoly Observatory, Budapest 2007,  finished PhD in physics at U. Oregon, now at Nat'l Center for Photovoltaics at Nat'l Energy Lab, Boulder CO, publications

If you want me to write a reference for you, I need (1) all university transcripts (if you graduated in the past 3 years),
(2) your current CV and publications list, (3) the job/graduate school ad, (4) any essays you need to write, with at least 3 weeks' notice

Short CV

A popular description of some of what I do

FUSE links (password-protected):

D/H team page
D/H target index
postscript spectral plots for D/H FUSE programs
Links to Professional Astronomers in Kentucky

Links to U. Louisville Astronomy Student webpages

Teaching/Summer Internship Suggestions/Career Advice

Scholarships for junior/senior year or graduate school

Publications/Conference proceedings/Press Releases

Popular Topics/Links/Popular Press Articles (including on our research)

Portal to the Universe: International Year of Astronomy 2009 (400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope)

Louisville Astronomers' View of 40th Anniversary of First Manned Lunar Landing: Tim Dowling & Gerry Williger

Popular Astronomy Talks and Talk Archive at U. Louisville

Regional Astronomy-related Seminars

Physics/Astronomy Departments in ACC/U Louisville Benchmark Institutions

ACC Academic Consortium (includes fellowship/REU information)

Physics and Astronomy rankings: 2010 NRC (US, ~35 depts.) and 2011 Guardian (World top 100)
US (31 universities), UK (13), Germany (8), Australia (5), Japan (5), Canada (4),
France (4), Netherlands (4), Switzerland (4), China (4), Hong Kong (3), Israel (2),
South Korea (2), Singapore (2), Spain (2), Denmark (1), Finland (1), Ireland (1), Italy (1),
Russia (1), Sweden (1), Taiwan (1)
By language: English (54 (59 with Hong Kong & Singapore)), German (11), French (5), Japanese (5), Dutch (5), Mandarin (5), Cantonese (3), Hebrew (2), Korean (2), Malay (2),
Spanish (2), Danish (1), Finnish (1), Italian (1), Russian (1), Swedish (1)

Ten Reasons Why Caltech is the World's #1 (Research) University, Times Higher Education (UK), 17 Feb 2014, Phil Baty

Journal/Preprint Links

I am also the Louisville chapter advisor for Mortar Board


Useful data

Computer tools

Links (Magyar/Deutsch/Francais, Magyar Egyhaz)