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Dr. Kathryn Forbes Neugent

Education | Research | Work | Teaching | Leadership

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(last updated: April 1, 2021)

Education

University of Washington, 2017 – 2021
Seattle, Washington
Ph.D. and M.S. Degrees in Astronomy
IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) Scholar
Thesis: “The Red Supergiant Binary Fraction”
Advisor: Dr. Emily Levesque

Northern Arizona University, 2015 – 2017
Flagstaff, Arizona
M.S. Degree with Distinction in Applied Physics
Thesis: “The Discovery and Analysis of a New Type of Wolf-Rayet Star”
Advisor: Dr. Philip Massey

George Washington University, 2010 – 2012
Washington D. C.
M.S. Degree in Computer Science
Certificate in Cyber Security and Information Assurance
National Science Foundation’s Scholarship for Service Cyber Corps participant

Wellesley College, 2006 – 2010
Wellesley, Massachusetts
B.A. Degrees in Computer Science and Astronomy

Research

Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, 2021 – 2024
Toronto, Canada

Research Associate, Lowell Observatory, 2009 – present
Flagstaff, Arizona
Research massive stars in the Local Group with Dr. Philip Massey.

MANOS Team Member, Lowell Observatory, 2014 – 2015
Flagstaff, Arizona
Created an image reduction pipeline for Mission Accessible Near-Earth Object Survey (MANOS) data with Dr. Nick Moskovitz.

Astronomy Research Student, Wellesley College, 2009
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Studied the azimuthal brightness differences in Saturn’s A and B rings using VIMS Cassini data with Dr. Richard French.

MIT / Wellesley Field Camp Participant, Lowell Observatory, 2008
Flagstaff, Arizona
Characterized the Xenix CCD with Dr. Henry Roe.

Astronomy Department Sophomore Early Research Participant, Wellesley College, 2007 – 2008
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Studied Koronis family asteroids to improve size estimates and determine rotation periods with Dr. Steve Slivan.

Work

Senior Web Security Specialist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2014 – 2015
Golden, Colorado
Assessed the vulnerability of web applications. Helped manage the web application firewall. Conducted site-wide phishing exercises. Participated in incident response events.

Cyber Security Engineer, MITRE Corporation2012 – 2013
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Assessed the vulnerability of government systems, specifically web applications. Worked as part of a team to formulate and execute test plans for open source software. Developed a test plan framework for a classified client.

Teaching

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Washington, 2020
Seattle, Washington
Classes: Introductory Astronomy for non-majors, Observational Astronomy for majors

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Northern Arizona University, 2015 – 2016
Flagstaff, Arizona
Classes: Introductory Astronomy for non-majors, Physics: Mechanics for non-majors

Whitin Observatory Teaching Assistant, Wellesley College, 2006 – 2009
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Classes: Introductory Astronomy for non-majors

Computer Science Teaching Assistant, Wellesley College, 2008
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Classes: Computer Architecture for majors

Leadership and Outreach

Research Advisor: Currently mentoring Tzvetelina Dimitrova, UW undergraduate, January 2018 – Present
Letters to a PreScientist Writer: 2020 – Present
Skype a Scientist: 2020 – Present
Pre-MAP Advisor: Lead two UW undergraduates in a quarter-long research project determining the redshift of quasars, Fall 2020
Apache Point Observatory Telescope Allocation Committee: 2018 – 2020
UW Planetarium Presenter: 
2017 – 2020

Referee for A&A, ApJ, AJ, and MNRAS

Seattle Area Feline Rescue: 2020
Look What The Cat Brought In Board Member: 2014 – Present
Wellesley College Alum Admissions Interviewer: 2018 – Present

First-Authored Refereed Publications

total h-index = 15, first-authored h-index = 10

16) Neugent, K. F. 2021, “The Red Supergiant Binary Fraction as a Function of Metallicity in M31 and M33,” ApJ, 908, 87 ads

15) Neugent, K. F., Levesque, E. M., Massey, P., Morrell, N. I., & Drout, M. R., 2020, “The Red Supergiant Binary Fraction of the Large Magellanic Cloud,” ApJ, 900, 2 ads

14) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., Georgy, C., Drout, M. R., Mommert, M., Levesque, E. M., Meynet, G., & Ekström, S., 2020, “The Luminosity Function of Red Supergiants in M31,” ApJ, 889, 1 ads

13) Neugent, K. F., & Massey, P., 2019, “The Wolf-Rayet Content of the Galaxies of the Local Group and Beyond,” Review paper in MDPI Galaxies special issue on “Luminous Stars in Nearby Galaxies” ads

12) Neugent, K. F., Levesque, E. M., Massey, P., & Morrell, N. I., 2019, “Binary Red Supergiants II: Discovering and Characterizing B-type Companions,” ApJ, 875, 124 ads

11) Neugent, K. F., Levesque, E. M., & Massey, P., 2018, “Binary Red Supergiants: A New Method for Detecting B-type Companions,” AJ, 156, 225 ads

10) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., & Morrell, N. I., 2018, “A Modern Search for Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Magellanic Clouds. IV. A Final Census,” ApJ, 863, 181 ads

9) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., Morrell, N. I., Skiff, B., & Georgy, C., 2018, “A Runaway Yellow Supergiant Star in the Small Magellanic Cloud,” AJ, 155, 207 ads

8) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., Hillier, D. J., & Morrell, N. I., 2017, “The Evolution and Physical Parameters of WN3/O3s: a New Type of Wolf-Rayet Star,” ApJ, 841, 20 ads

7) Neugent, K. F., & Massey, P., 2014, “The Close Binary Frequency of Wolf-Rayet Stars as a Function of Metallicity in M31 and M33,” ApJ, 789, 10 ads

6) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., & Morrell, N. I., 2012, “The Discovery of a Rare WO-type Wolf-Rayet Star in the Large Magellanic Cloud,” AJ, 144, 162 ads

5) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., & Georgy, C., 2012, “The Wolf-Rayet Content of M31,” ApJ, 759, 11 ads

4) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., Skiff, B., & Meynet, G., 2012, “Yellow Supergiants in the Large Magellanic Cloud,” ApJ, 749, 177 ads

3) Neugent, K. F., & Massey, P., 2011, “The Wolf-Rayet Content of M33,” ApJ, 733, 123 ads

2) Neugent, K. F., & Massey, P., 2010, “The Spectrum of the Night Sky Over Kitt Peak: Changes Over Two Decades,” PASP, 122, 1246 ads

1) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., Skiff, B., Drout, M. R., Meynet, G., & Olsen, K. A. G., 2010, “Yellow Supergiants in the Small Magellanic Cloud: Putting Current Evolutionary Theory To The Test,” ApJ, 719, 1784 ads

Co-Authored Refereed Publications

13) Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., Levesque, E. M., Drout, M. R., & Courteau, S. 2020, “The Red Supergiant Content of M31 and M33,” AJ, 161, 79 ads

12) Dorn-Wallenstein, T. Z., Levesque, E. M., Neugent, K. F., Davenport, J. R. A., Morris, B. M., & Gootkin, K., 2020, “Short Term Variability of Evolved Massive Stars with TESS II: A New Class of Cool, Pulsating Supergiants,” ApJ, 902, 24 ads

11) Margon, B., Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., & Morrell, N., 2020, “A Survey for C II Emission-Line Stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud,” ApJ, 898, 85 ads

10) Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., & Levesque, E. M., 2019, “The Discovery of Quasi-stellar Objects behind M31 and M33,” AJ, 157, 227 ads

9) Aadland, E., Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., & Drout, M. R., 2018, “Shedding Light on the Isolation of Luminous Blue Variables,” AJ, 156, 294 ads

8) Massey, P., Levine, S. E., Neugent, K. F., Levesque, E. M., Morrell, N. I., & Skiff, B., 2018, “A Runaway Giant in the Galactic Halo,” AJ, 156, 265 ads

7) Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., & Morrell, N. I., 2017, “A Modern Search for Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Magellanic Clouds. III. A Third Year of Discoveries,” ApJ, 837, 122 ads

6) Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., & Smart, B. M., 2016, “A Spectroscopic Survey of Massive Stars in M31 and M33,” AJ, 152, 62 ads

5) Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., & Morrell, N. I., 2015, “A Modern Search for Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Magellanic Clouds. II. A Second Year of Discoveries,” ApJ, 807, 81 ads

4) Morrell, N. I., Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., Penny, L. R., & Gies, D. R., 2014, “Photometric and Spectroscopic Studies of Massive Binaries in the Large Magellanic Cloud. II. Three O-type Systems in the 30 Dor Region,” ApJ, 789, 139 ads

3) Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., Morrell, N. I., & Hillier, D. J., 2014, “A Modern Search for Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Magellanic Clouds: First Results,” ApJ, 788, 83 ads

2) Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., Hillier, D. J., & Puls, J., 2013, “A Bake-off between CMFGEN and FASTWIND: Modeling the Physical Properties of SMC and LMC O-type Stars,” ApJ, 768, 6 ads

1) Massey, P., Morrell, N. I., Neugent, K. F., Penny, L. R., DeGioia-Eastwood, K., & Gies, D. R., 2012, “Photometric and Spectroscopic Studies of Massive Binaries in the Large Magellanic Cloud. I. Introduction and Orbits for Two Detatched Systems: Evidence for a Mass Discrepancy?” ApJ, 748, 96 ads

Select Non-Refereed Publications

3) Dimitrova, T. A., Neugent, K. F., Levesque, E. M., & Massey, P., 2020, “Locating Red Supergiants in the Galaxy IC10,” RNAAS, 4, 107 ads

2) Slivan, S. M., Neugent, K. F., Melton, C., & Beck, M., 2018, “Koronis Family Member (3032) Evans: Photometric Reconnaissance and Lightcurves in 2008, 2009, and 2016,” Minor Planet Bulletin, 45, 72 ads

1) Neugent, K. F., & Slivan, S. M., 2008, “Rotation Periods and H Magnitudes of Two Koronis Family Members,” Minor Planet Bulletin, 35, 116 ads

Conferences

Invited Talks

May 2022 (postponed due to COVID-19): The Binary Fraction of Red Supergiants, IAUS #361: Massive Stars Near and Far” in Ballyconnell, Ireland

June 2021: Observational Constraints on the Red Supergiants Binary Fraction and Merger Rate, AAS Meeting #238, Special Session on TZOs

June 2021: Red Supergiant Interactions with Companions, GAPS 2021 – unsolved problems in red Giants And suPergiantS

November 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19 until 202?): Wolf-Rayet Populations, “The Wolf-Rayet phenomenon in the Universe” in Morelia, Mexico

November 2018: Surveys and Populations of Wolf-Rayet Stars, “NidiaFest” in Bariloche, Argentina

June 2017: A new type of Wolf-Rayet star: A possible progenitor to Type Ic-BL supernovae and long duration GRBs, European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) Conference in Prague, Czech Republic

Contributed Talks

May 2021: The Binary Fraction of Red Supergiants, IAUS #361: “Massive Stars Near and Far” Virtual Preview Meeting

January 2021: The Binary Fraction of Red Supergiants, AAS Meeting #237 (dissertation talk)

July 2020: The Binary Fraction of Red Supergiants, MOBSTER-1 Virtual Conference

May 2019: Binary Red Supergiants: A New Method for Detecting B-type Companions, MMT’s 40th Anniversary Conference in Tucson, AZ

November 2016: The Evolutionary Status of WN3/O3 Wolf-Rayet Stars, IAUS #329: “The lives and death-throes of massive stars” in Auckland, New Zealand. IAUS 329 ads

July 2015: The Discovery and Physical Parameterization of a New Type of Wolf-Rayet Star, “International Workshop on Wolf-Rayet Stars” in Potsdam, Germany ads

June 2013: The Wolf-Rayet Content of Local Group Galaxies, “Massive Stars: From Alpha to Omega” in Rhodes, Greece ads

Posters

January 2019: Binary Red Supergiants: A New Method for Detecting B-type Companions, Seattle AAS Meeting #233

January 2018: A Runaway Yellow Supergiant Star in the Small Magellanic Cloud, Washington DC AAS Meeting #231

June 2016: WN3/O3 Wolf-Rayet Stars: Examples of Homogeneous Evolution?, “Bridging the gap: from massive stars to supernovae” at Chicheley Hall, England

June 2014: The Close Binary Frequency of Wolf-Rayet Stars as a Function of Metallicity in M31 and M33, IAU #307: “New windows on massive stars: asteroseismology, interferometry, and spectropolarimetry” in Geneva, Switzerland ads

May 2011: Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Local Group, Boston AAS Meeting #218 ads

January 2010: Determining the Physical Parameters of Massive Stars in the SMC and LMC, Washington DC AAS Meeting #215 ads

Public Talks & Colloquia

March 2021: The Binary Fraction of Red Supergiants, Denver University Colloquium

March 2021: The Binary Fraction of Red Supergiants, NOIRLab / Steward Colloquium

March 2021: The Binary Fraction of Red Supergiants, University of Auckland Astronomy Seminar

November 2020: The Binary Fraction of Red Supergiants, Ohio State University CCAPP Seminar

November 2020: The Binary Fraction of Red Supergiants, CalTech Tea Talk

September 2020: The Binary Fraction of Red Supergiants, Harvard / CfA’s Galaxies & Cosmology Seminar. Watch a video here!

September 2020: The Binary Fraction of Red Supergiants, Florida Tech colloquium

June 2020: Wolf-Rayet Stars: Hot, Massive and Luminous! Lowell Observatory’s “Meet An Astronomer” Live YouTube series. Watch a video here!

April 2020: Binary Red Supergiants, Lowell Observatory’s “Meet An Astronomer” Live YouTube series. Watch a video here!

October 2019: The Extragalactic Runaway Yellow Supergiant That Wasn’t (but was something even better), Seattle’s Astronomy on Tap. Watch a video here!

April 2019: Why it is difficult to be an observational astronomer in Seattle, UW’s Theodor Jacobsen Observatory

July 2018: Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Local Group Galaxies, Geneva University, Switzerland colloquium

October 2016: Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Local Group Galaxies, Colorado University: Boulder lunch colloquium

October 2016: Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Local Group Galaxies, University of Washington lunch colloquium

Funding

2020 – HST Cycle 28 COS – 2 orbits, “The Nature of a Newly Discovered Wolf-Rayet Binary: Archetype of Stripping?” (Co-I)
2019 – HST Cycle 25 STIS – 16 orbits, “A First Investigation of the UV Extinction Properties of Interstellar Dust in M33” (Co-I)
2018 – Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
2017 – ADAP, “The Fundamental Physical Properties of Wolf-Rayet Stars” (Co-I)
2016 – AAS International Travel grant
2016 – HST Cycle 24 STIS – 30 orbits, “Mapping the UV Extinction Properties of PHAT Stars in M31” (Co-I)
2016 – HST Cycle 24 WFC3/UVIS SNAP – 33 orbits, “Searching for the Most Massive Stars in M31 and M33” (Co-I)
2014 – HST Cycle 22 COS and STIS – 9 orbits, “WO-Type Wolf-Rayet Stars: the Last Hurrah of the Most Massive Stars?” (Co-I)
2014 – HST Cycle 22 COS – 6 orbits, “The Nature of Newly Discovered Wolf-Rayet Stars in the LMC” (Co-I)
2012 – HST Cycle 20 WFC3/UVIS SNAP – 20 orbits, “The Unevolved Massive Star Content of the Magellanic Clouds” (Co-I)

Telescope Time as PI*/co-PI

Telescope Instrument # Nights
Gemini 8m* GMOS 4.5
MMT 6.5m* Hectospec 18
Magellan (Clay and Baade) 6.5m IMACS, MagE, FIRE 20
Lowell Discovery Telescope 4.3m* LMI, EXPRES 14
Apache Point 3.5m* DIS 1.5
Kitt Peak 2.1m Gold Spectrograph 5
Swope 1m CCD 45
 
 

PDFs

pdf of CV (current as of April 5, 2021)

 

pdf of Publications (current as of April 5, 2021)