Kevin C. Cooke

Rochester Institute of Technology

Research Topics

I study the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe. These are elliptical galaxies which live in the centers of galaxy clusters. Their pasts are extensively modelled, but are not well observed. Many observations have placed their growth at different times in the universe, and I wish to investigate exactly when they grow to become the behemoths we see in the present day.

I also investigate the importance of luminous infrared galaxies (LIRGs). These dusty star-forming galaxies predominantly lived during the busiest era of star formation 10 billion years ago. Understanding their role in influencing their environment is necessary to discover how galaxies evolve.

Lecture Topics

Due to my variety of interests, I have been invited to educate others in topics directly related to astrophysics as well as supporting topics such as human spaceflight and science advocacy. If you are interested in hearing me speak, I have lectures prepared for the topics listed below.

  • Star Formation in Intermediate Redshift BCGs
  • The Commercial Space Race: From Shuttle Retirement to Commercial Spaceflight
  • Early Space Flight History: Jules Verne to Project Mercury
  • How Science is Paid For: The Federal Government & You

Science Advocacy

Contrary to our first order methodology, astronomers don't work in a vacuum. Our funding depends on scientific expertise being supplied to policy makers, as well as ensuring the voting public is educated and involved. I wish to continue my interest in science policy in the future.