Hubble image of the center of NGC 6397... can you find the white dwarfs?
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Welcome to Adrienne Cool's web page
I am an observational astronomer and a professor in the
Department of Physics & Astronomy
at San Francisco State University.
I joined the SF State faculty in 1996 following a postdoctoral position at UC Berkeley. Prior
to that I did a PhD in astronomy at Harvard, an MS in electrical engineering at
Columbia, and a BS in physics at Yale. Here's a copy of my
I have taught
many different astronomy courses and for some time also
co-taught a course to help future K-12 teachers learn to teach science and gain experience doing it.
I enjoy teaching astronomy in informal settings as well, including on the sidewalk, at local schools,
in talks for amateur astronomy groups, and at star parties in the Sierra.
focuses on globular clusters
which contain some of the oldest stars in the Milky Way.
Using satellite observatories like the
Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory
my students and I study the binary star
content of globular clusters to understand their role in cluster dynamical evolution.
I am the director of the SF State's
and organize the observatory's public open nights, which are run by students.
I am also the faculty member responsible for SF State's participation in the 30-inch telescope at
which SF State students have access to 100+ nights per year.
I currently serve as academic advisor for the Master's program in Astronomy & Astrophysics.
I am also the
advisor for students pursuing a
B.S. in Physics: Concentration in Physics for Teaching
and for students pursuing a
minor in physics or a
minor in astronomy.
For many years I have been collaborating
with faculty and staff at
working on projects aimed at improving science education
for future teachers and illuminating the pathway to K-12
teaching for physics and astronomy students.