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First AST PhD Candidates Receive Degrees

Rodolfo Montez Jr and Grant Tremblay were awarded the first two Ph.D. degrees in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology at RIT's 2011 Commencement Ceremony.

The first AST PhD's and their advisors. Left to right: Stefi Baum, Grant Tremblay, Chris O'Dea, Joel Kastner and Rodolfo Montez Jr

Rodolfo's dissertation is entitled X-rays from Planetary Nebulae . He was advised by Dr Joel Kastner, and is continuing to work with Joel as as post-doctoral research fellow.

Grant's dissertation is entitled Feedback-Regulated Star Formation in Cool Core Clusters of Galaxies . He was advised by Drs Stefi Baum and Chris O'Dea.

Grant has been appointed to a highly competitive European Southern Observatory Fellowship and will be taking up this post at the ESO Headquarters near Munich in the Fall.

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