Dr. Joanna Levine, Mount Holyoke College
"Seeing Into the Dark: An Infrared View of Star Formation in Orion and Beyond"
Abstract: Over the past twenty years the field of infrared astronomy has grown exponentially and astronomers are able to probe deeper into the universe's mysteries than ever before. In particular, the advent of large-scale infrared surveys has revolutionized the study of star formation. Dr. Levine presented and discussed select results from the FLAMINGOS survey of nearby star-forming regions, including some recent work on newly-discovered circumstellar disks as well as a study of the star formation history of one of the most recognizable regions in the night sky.