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Australian Human Resources Institute Diversity Awards 2013 Finalist

Jenna Ryon (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

"Young Star Clusters in Nearby Galaxies"

Abstract. Nearby star-forming galaxies have been found to harbor large numbers of young and intermediate-age star clusters. With high-resolution optical imaging and evolutionary synthesis modeling, it is possible to find the ages, masses, and extinctions of entire populations of clusters. Some young clusters rival globular clusters in mass, hinting that the formation of globulars continues to the present day. Populations of young clusters may even be used to trace the star-forming properties of their host galaxies. I will present results and ongoing work from the Snapshot Hubble U-band Cluster Survey (SHUCS), which aims to characterize star cluster populations in several nearby spiral galaxies. I will also discuss our study of extended star cluster formation in the outskirts of NGC 1275, the central galaxy in the Perseus Galaxy Cluster.

Held in the AAO Large Meeting Room (Room 1, Ground Floor, Building 3) at 11:00 AM on Thursday, 12 September 2013