Meredith Clark Powell

Education

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Yale University

Ph.D. Physics
PhD thesis: “The Environments of Accreting Supermassive Black Holes”
Advisor: Prof. C. Megan Urry
M. Phil                                                                                      
M.S. Physics                                                                            

University of California, Davis                                                  

B.S. Physics, Astrophysics Emphasis – Summa Cum Laude
Honors thesis: Large Scale Structure Mass Associated with Optically Identified DLS Galaxy Clusters”
Advisor: Prof. Tony Tyson

Successful Proposals as PI

Palomar DBSP, “Completing a Census of Black Hole Masses and Accretion Rates in the Local Universe,” 3 nights, 2019B
Palomar DBSP, “Completing a Census of Black Hole Masses and Accretion Rates in the Local Universe,” 3 nights, 2019A
Palomar DBSP, “Completing a Census of Black Hole Masses and Accretion Rates in the Local Universe,” 3 nights, 2018B
Palomar DBSP, “A Census of Supermassive Black Hole Growth Across the Universe,” 3 nights, 2018A
Palomar DBSP, “Completing a Census of Black Hole Masses and Accretion Rates in the Local Universe,” 5 nights, 2017B
NuSTAR, “What is Causing the New, Extreme Variability in Mrk 1018?,”40 ks, 2017 ($43k)

Conference Presentations

Invited Talk: “The Clustering of Hard X-ray-selected AGN,” Corfu, 2019
“The Spatial Clustering of X-ray-selected AGN,” NERQUAM #29, 2019
“The Environments of Accreting Supermassive Black Holes,” Dissertation Talk, American Astronomical Society, 233, 2019
Invited Talk:
“Clustering of X-ray selected AGN”, Accretion History of AGN Workshop, Miami, 2018
"Clustering of Hard X-ray AGN," Are AGN Special? 2018
Invited Talk: "Black Hole Mass Estimates of Swift/BAT AGN," Palomar Science Meeting, 2018
“Clustering of Hard X-ray selected AGN” (poster), NERQUAM #28, 2018
Invited Talk: “AGN Clustering in the BAT Sample,” American Astronomical Society, 231, 2018
“Markarian 1018 returns to the shadows after 30 years as a Type 1 AGN,” Unveiling the Physics Behind Extreme AGN Variability, 2017
“Probing the Properties of AGN Clustering in the Local Universe with Swift-BAT,” The X-ray Universe, 2017
“The Role of Mergers in Quenching Star Formation” (poster), Hidden Monsters, 2016
“Studying the Role of Mergers in Black Hole - Galaxy Co-evolution via a Morphological Analysis of Redshift 1 Galaxies,” American Astronomical Society, 228, 2016

Honors and Awards

NASA CT Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowship
Leigh Page Prize, Yale University Physics Department
Saxon Patten Prize, UC Davis Physics Department
Citation for Outstanding Performance, UC Davis Physics Department
Membership to Sigma Pi Sigma (Undergraduate Physics Honor Society)
UC Davis Symphony Orchestra - Principal Violist

Skills

Observing facilities used: SOAR (4 nights), Keck (6 nights), Palomar (18 nights), Chandra, NuSTAR
Computer programming experience in Python, C/C++, R
X-ray data analysis experience using XSpec, CIAO, NuSTARDAS, and Sherpa
Optical/NIR Imaging and spectral data analysis experience with IRAF and ds9
Experience with html and SQL

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