Jana Grcevich

Jana Grcevich Large

Davis Scholar - Postdoctoral Fellow, Astrophysics

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  • Columbia University, PhD, Astrophysics, 2012 
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, M.A., Astrophysics, 2009
  • University of Wisconsin, B.S., Madison, Astrophysics, Physics, and Mathematics, 2005

Professional Interests

Dr. Grcevich is interested dwarf galaxies, the least massive and dimmest galaxies known to exist. She seeks to understand how they form stars and change over time. She is particularly interested in how the stars and gas we see in these dwarf galaxies relates to their dark matter. She is also searching for new dwarf galaxies by looking for the neutral hydrogen gas they may contain. Her research involves optical and radio observations as well as simulations.


Exhibition and Outreach

  • Middle School Outreach Program - In class presentations to twelve classes of middle school students at 3 schools
  • High School Visits - In class presentations to six classes of high school students at George Washington High School
  • Columbia Astronomy Public Lectures - Participated in twenty public lecture/observing events over three years.
  • Family Astro - Led four interactive astronomy workshops for elementary aged children and their parents
  • Rooftop Variables Program - Assisted in training and supporting middle school teachers starting astronomy clubs and participating in variable star observations.

Faculty Appointments

  • Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2006-2009

Courses Taught

  • The Solar System and the Search for Life Beyond Earth, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 2006-2007
  • Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 2007-2008
  • Naked Eye Astronomy, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 2008-2009  

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