Cotswold Way - 2014 June

Barbara Sue Ryden

Cosmos Mariner: Destination Unknown

I received a BA ('83) from Northwestern University, where I was a student in the Integrated Science Program. My PhD ('87) is from the department of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University. I served terms as a postdoc at the CfA and CITA. I am currently a professor in the department of astronomy at The Ohio State University, where I serve as a facilitator at AstroCoffee. My main research interests are in galaxies and in the large scale structure of the universe. I've also fallen into the habit of writing textbooks. Introduction to Cosmology won the first Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award of the American Astronomical Society. Foundations of Astrophysics, written with Brad Peterson, was published in 2009. I am currently at work on the Ohio State Graduate Astrophysics Series, a set of ebooks based on the graduate curriculum of the Ohio State University astronomy department. For more details of my life, grab a copy of my curriculum vitae (PDF: updated 2014 Dec).

Herschel Museum - 2014 June

Introduction to CosmologyInternational EditionJapanese translationFoundations of AstrophysicsInternational Edition

Ohio State Graduate Astrophysics Series

Interstellar and Intergalactic MediumDynamics

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Columbus, Ohio Forecast

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Last revised: 2015 Sep 18

Cat treats: Pictures of my two cats, Chip and Trim.