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D. Mark Mark Whittle

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Astronomy
Office location and address
Room 216, Astronomy Building
530 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Unveiling the Nuclear Engine of a Heavily Obscured Quasar with Young Radio Jets
Source: U.S. Nasa - Goddard
September 14, 2020 – September 13, 2022
Grote Reber Doctoral Fellowship for Pallavi Patil
Source: U.S. National Radio Astronomy Observatory
September 01, 2017 – May 31, 2020
Uncovering the Mysteries of Local Dwarf Starburst Henize 2-10: Black Hole or Supernova Remnant?
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
August 01, 2018 – July 31, 2019
AS-ASTR Confirming the First Supermassive Black Hole in a Dwarf Starburst Galaxy
Source: Space Telescope Science Institute
December 01, 2012 – November 30, 2015
ASTR 1220: Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
Credits: 3
A study of stars, star formation, and evolution primarily for non-science majors. Topics include light, atoms, and modern observing technologies; origin of the chemical elements; supernovae, pulsars, neutron stars, and black holes; structure and evolution of our galaxy; nature of other galaxies; active galaxies and quasars; expanding universe, cosmology, the big bang, and the early universe.
EGMT 1520: Empirical & Scientific Engagement
Credits: 2
In this class students will learn to analyze claims about the material and social worlds through formulation and testing of new questions and hypotheses based on observation and experience.
ASTR 3480: Introduction to Cosmology
Credits: 3
Open to first-year students; primarily for non-science students. A descriptive introduction to the study of the ultimate structure and evolution of the universe. Covers the history of the universe, cosmological speculation, and the nature of the galaxies. Provides a qualitative introduction to relativity theory and the nature of space-time, black holes, models of the universe (big bang, steady-state, etc.) and methods of testing them.
ASTR 4993: Tutorial
Credits: 3
Independent study of a topic of special interest to the student under individual supervision by a faculty member. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ASTR 4998: Senior Thesis
Credits: 3
May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ASTR 5630: Extragalactic Astronomy
Credits: 3
This course provides an overview of extragalactic astronomy. Topics include both qualitative and quantitative discussion of various types of galaxy (ellipticals, spirals, dwarf, starburst); results from theory of stellar dynamics; groups and clusters of galaxies; active galaxies; high-redshift galaxies; galaxy evolution; the intergalactic medium; and dark matter. The course is intended for advanced undergraduate astrophysics majors and first and second year graduate students. Prerequisite: Physics and Math through PHYS 2610, MATH 3250 (or equivalent); ASTR 2110, 2120 (or equivalent).
ASTR 8500: Current Astronomical Topics
Credits: 1
UVa staff and guest speakers discuss current research problems.
ASTR 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.