Ann Bragg

Associate Professor/Planterium Director
Degrees
Ph.D.-Astronomy, Harvard University (2004); MA-Astronomy, Harvard University (1998); BA-Physics, Rice University (1996)
Year Appointed
2008
Courses
Spring 2017
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Astronomy Lab
  • Astrophysics
  • Physics Research Seminar
  • Physics Research I
  • Physics Research II

Biography

Research Interests
I am currently interested in how open star clusters evolve and change over time. Because these changes occur slowly compared to typical human timescales, computer simulations are often required to explore the dynamics. I am also interested in how planetarium lessons affect conceptual learning of astronomy topics.

Recent Publications
Co-author on poster presentation at Spring 2013 OSAPS meeting based on capstone project with students:

Jennifer Kachel, Ann Bragg, & Cavendish McKay, 3-D Simulations of Open Star Cluster Evolution Using the King Model.
Shelby Lee, Cavendish McKay, & Ann Bragg, Analysis of relaxation time from numerical simulations of open star clusters.

Presented a paper entitled The (MC)2 Science Collaborative and Ohio Standards-Based Planetarium Programs at the Anderson Hancock Planetarium at the 2012 meeting of the International Planetarium Society in Baton Rouge, LA. The paper was eventually published in the conference proceedings.
Co-author on poster presentation at Spring 2012 OSAPS meeting based on capstone project with student:

Parker, A., Bard, D. & Bragg, A., The Effects of Improved Photometric Redshifts of Luminous Red Galaxies from SDSS in a Three-Point Galaxy Correlation Function

Presented a paper entitled The (MC)2 Science Collaborative and Ohio Standards-Based Planetarium Programs at the AHP at the Fall 2011 meeting of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association in Champaign, IL. The paper was later published in the conference proceedings.
Presented a talk entitled The (MC)2 Science Collaborative and Ohio Standards-Based Planetarium Programs at the Anderson Hancock Planetarium at the Ohio Planetarians Meeting in New Wilmington, PA on May 7, 2011.
Co-author on poster presentation at Spring 2011 OSAPS meeting based on capstone project with student: Long, Z. & Bragg, A., Determining the Cause of Mass Segregation in h Persei