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Waveneys PhD Blog
« on: January 16, 2011, 09:43:23 pm »
I have applied to do a part time PhD taking the irregular galaxy study a lot further, doing it properly.

Kevin has suggested I blog it here, so you can see what I am doing, question me on it.  Posts will be made intemittantly...

What  I have done so far is:

Before the PhD

Jules, Aida, Alice and I started the Irregular Hunt two years ago to look at the irregular galaxies found in the forum.  I wrote a website to get them sorted into irregulars and non-irregulars.  See the Do It Ourselves Science - The Irregulars Project topic.

We have nearly 20,000 candidates, 5,500 of which have been classified so far.

Jules has written a paper on their distribution, I have written papers on colour properties of irregular galaxies, their metallicity, masses and star-forming rates, hunted for AGNs (none found so far in irregulars), the equivalent width of the [OIII] 5007Å line, and the non-applicability of Photo Z algorithms to irregulars.  I am currently studying galaxy density around irregulars, and am looking for clusters of irregulars.

The PhD Application

I started this a couple of months ago, have met the relevant people at the OU, submitted the formal application and research proposal.  The next significant part will be a formal interview in March.  The formal PhD starts in September.

I am doing a single third year OU unit between now and then "as  a warm up" on "The Relativistic Universe" it happens to be half run by my Supervisor (not a co-incidence).  I am working my way through some suggested reading to get my Physics and Maths up to the necessary standard.  The annoying thing is it is my maths that is rusty (and I did a joint Maths/Computing Degree), not the Physics.

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Re: Waveneys PhD Blog
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011, 10:05:33 pm »
Best of luck waveney!
You have gone from an open universe to an open university!

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Re: Waveneys PhD Blog
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011, 10:16:26 pm »
Greetings,

Consider providing references to the papers.

And try not to get scooped by revealing too much regarding research in progress.

Best regards,
ES

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Re: Waveneys PhD Blog
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2011, 09:15:36 am »
Best of luck Waveney!

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Re: Waveneys PhD Blog
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2011, 11:35:54 am »
All the best from an OU graduate  ;)

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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2011, 12:34:12 am »
 :D Best of luck waveney :-*

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Re: Waveneys PhD Blog
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2011, 10:35:49 pm »
An entry about my PhD has been posted to the Blog.  This was written before I started this topic.   The intention is that this topic will be used for most posts as I go.
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Re: Waveneys PhD Blog
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2011, 12:56:55 am »
All the best of luck and success!!   ;D
Btw I didn't know the project website was still collecting data. Again something more to do... ::)

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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2011, 08:49:49 pm »
Just a note to say that we're wishing you luck.

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Re: Waveneys PhD Blog
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2011, 02:12:51 pm »
First problem:

I booked for this just on the last day of registration, which I was assurred was fine by the professor in charge.

I am doing a single third year OU unit between now and then "as  a warm up" on "The Relativistic Universe" it happens to be half run by my Supervisor (not a co-incidence).  I am working my way through some suggested reading to get my Physics and Maths up to the necessary standard.  The annoying thing is it is my maths that is rusty (and I did a joint Maths/Computing Degree), not the Physics.

Yesterday I got a letter saying it was too late...

Many phone calls and many emails later.

I am now booked on the course.
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Re: Waveneys PhD Blog
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2011, 03:50:59 pm »
Hi Waveney,
is there any way I can help?
 ;)
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Re: Waveneys PhD Blog
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2011, 04:09:59 pm »
Hi Waveney,
is there any way I can help?
 ;)

Well I can always use some more clicks on the irregular candidates.  I need another 4000 3414 3353 clicks to complete the third data set.

Go to http://www.wavwebs.com/GZ/Irregular/Hunt.cgi
« Last Edit: January 25, 2011, 01:50:38 pm by waveney »
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Re: Waveneys PhD Blog
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2011, 02:03:18 am »
Hi Waveney,
is there any way I can help?
 ;)

Well I can always use some more clicks on the irregular candidates.  I need another 4000 3414 3353 clicks to complete the third data set.

Go to http://www.wavwebs.com/GZ/Irregular/Hunt.cgi

Do you want me to call attention to this on the main blog?

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Re: Waveneys PhD Blog
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2011, 07:34:32 am »
Hi Waveney,
is there any way I can help?
 ;)

Well I can always use some more clicks on the irregular candidates.  I need another 4000 3414 3353 clicks to complete the third data set.

Go to http://www.wavwebs.com/GZ/Irregular/Hunt.cgi

Do you want me to call attention to this on the main blog?
It could be done.  I have 88,000 clicks so far.  I just want the third set to complete then I will be happy. 

The first two data sets were just those candidates that had been reported earlier, this one has some of those plus every one that has spectra.   This should double the number with spectra I have.    This will be a very good set to do the detailed anaylsis on.

After that, although I could have more, my focus is on using the results.  Looking at the answers using all the data in SDSS and associated databases, and bringing infomation togther from other surveys that will include IR and UV.  There are things I have found so far, there will be a lot more to be found in the future.
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Re: Waveneys PhD Blog
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2011, 04:17:09 am »
It could be done.  I have 88,000 clicks so far.  I just want the third set to complete then I will be happy. 

So is that a yes or a no?  :)