Karen Knierman

Lecturer
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
6004
Lecturer, MY
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
6004

Biography

Karen Knierman is an astronomer and astrophysicist. She studies star formation in colliding galaxies using telescopes in Arizona and in space including the Hubble Space Telescope. She is also a leader in astronomy and physics education and public outreach particularly to minority students and their families. She received her bachelor's degree from Penn State, her master's degree from University of Arizona, and her doctorate from Arizona State University. She has served as faculty at Mesa and Chandler-Gilbert Community Colleges. She was awarded the National Science Foundation Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is currently a lecturer and the Online Degree program head for the upcoming BS in Astronomical and Planetary Sciences.

Education

  • Ph.D. Arizona State University
  • M.S. University of Arizona
  • B.S. Penn State

Research Interests

Galaxy mergers, star formation, tidal debris of major and minor mergers; formation of young massive star clusters; star formation in low pressure, low metallicity environments; multiwavelength observational astronomy: UV, optical, IR, millimeter, sub-mm, radio

 

 

Courses

Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
AST 114 Astronomy Laboratory II
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
SES 123 Earth,Solar Sys & Universe Lab
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
SES 106 Habitable Worlds
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
AST 113 Astronomy Laboratory I
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
AST 111 Intro/Solar Systems Astronomy
AST 113 Astronomy Laboratory I
AST 114 Astronomy Laboratory II
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
AST 111 Intro/Solar Systems Astronomy
AST 113 Astronomy Laboratory I
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research

Professional Associations

American Astronomical Society

Service

Working Group for Accessibility and Disability