r rhaana starling : observational astronomer

rhaana starling : observational astronomer
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Rhaana Starling Dr. Rhaana Starling
Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow / Lecturer
University of Leicester
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH
Tel. +44 (0)116 2525388
mailto: rlcs1 -at- le ac uk
Research - Teaching - CV - Publications - Public Events - Links

Latest research (more soon-ish)

Gamma-ray Burst environments Thermal X-ray emission in the early phases of Gamma-ray Bursts
Transient X-ray source populations Soft X-ray and EUV-selected active galactic nuclei

ADS search - arXiv search - full publications list

Selected journal papers:
The story of Seyfert galaxy RE J2248-511: from intriguingly ultrasoft to unremarkably average (2014 MNRAS 437, 3929)
X-ray absorption evolution in Gamma-Ray Bursts: intergalactic medium or evolutionary signature of their host galaxies? (2013 MNRAS 431, 3159)
A search for thermal X-ray signatures in gamma-ray bursts - I. Swift bursts with optical supernovae (2012 MNRAS 427, 2950)
Swift follow-up of unidentified X-ray sources in the XMM-Newton Slew Survey (2011 MNRAS 412, 1853)
Discovery of the nearby long, soft GRB 100316D with an associated supernova (2011 MNRAS 411, 2792)

Undergraduate teaching 2013/2014

Astrophysical Techniques II (opt. 2902, 2nd year laboratory class)

Projects:
To break or not to break? The origins of featureless gamma-ray burst afterglows (PA4970, 4th year Research Project)
Are there any supergiant fast X-ray transients masquerading as gamma-ray bursts? (PA4970, 4th year Research Project)
The gamma-ray burst population as seen by different satellite missions (PA3920, 3rd year Pair Project)
The faintest gamma-ray bursts (PA3920, 3rd year Pair Project)
Collision of a gas cloud with the Galactic Centre black hole (PA4440, 4th year Advanced Study Project)

Past summer UG research projects:
The Gamma-Ray Burst -- Supernova Connection, SURE 2013 Hannah Lerman (U. Leicester)
Swift follow-up of highly variable AGN from the XMM-Newton Slew Survey, ESAC Traineeship 2012, Nora Linn Strotjohann (U. Bonn)
Classification of X-ray sources in the XMM-Newton Slew Survey, SURE 2012, Hannah Willett (U. Cambridge)

Past SPARTAN, SURE and Nuffield students: where are they now?

Postgrad and postdoc career progression

List of postdoctoral fellowships

Equality and Diversity

Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester
The Royal Society

Public events

July 23rd 2015 BBC Radio Leicester, stories of space exploration all this week on the Ben Jackson Show 4.40pm.
Hear me talking with Ed Stagg about the Swift mission and huge energy release from gamma-ray bursts in the Universe

May 27th 2015 2-3pm Glenfield Library, Leicester
Childrens activity at the library this half term to talk about stars and stellar explosions, make a rocket and create a constellation.

March 20th 2015 St. Crispins School, Leicester
I observed the Solar Eclipse with the pupils of St. Crispins, using solar glasses and a solar telescope

March 20th 2015 Leicester Racecourse BBC Stargazing LIVE 2015
Our team from Leicester University Physics organised a range of activities for this one-off spectacular event around the Solar eclipse arranged by BBC learning

November 17th 2014 Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Attending the award ceremony of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2014

July 8th 2014 Sandfield Close Primary School, Leicester
Had a great Q & A session with 12 pupils on their Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2014 judging panel

June 17th 2014 Royal Society, London Diversity Day 2014
I was speaking about the Dorothy Hodgkin fellowship scheme

January 8th 2014 University of Leicester free event for BBC Stargazing Live
You'll find me in the Supernova Room

September 21st 2013 The Ed Stagg Show, 1.30pm on BBC Radio Leicester
I called into the show to talk about the life cycle of stars

August 7th 2013 Senior Space School at the University of Leicester
talk and workshops on following up gamma-ray bursts

August 3rd 2013 The Ed Stagg Show, 12-2pm on BBC Radio Leicester
I joined a panel to discuss how far we can see, learning new languages and acting

May 27-31 2013 Women in Science week at the National Space Centre
Thanks for helping me Chase cosmic explosions!

March 8th 2013 Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Leicester
Read my transcript

March 2nd 2013 The Ed Stagg Show, 12-2pm on BBC Radio Leicester
I joined a panel to discuss black holes, boxing, laughter and more...

Watch 'Day in the life of astrophysicists' on YouTube/test-tube