Kim Venn

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Born
Kim A. Venn

Toronto, Canada
NationalityCanadian
Awards
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2000)
  • Clare Booth Luce Professorship (1995-2005)
  • Canada Research Chair (Tier II, 2005-2015)
  • UVic Reach Award for Research Partnerships (2018)
Academic background
Alma mater
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Texas at Austin
Academic work
DisciplineAstronomy
Institutions
  • Macalester College
  • Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
  • University of Victoria
Main interests
  • Stellar Spectroscopy
  • Local Group Galaxies
  • Origin of the Elements
Websiteastro.uvic.ca/~venn/

Kim A. Venn is a Professor of Physics & Astronomy.[1] at the University of Victoria, Canada, and Director of the UVic Astronomy Research Centre[2]. She does research on the chemo-dynamical analysis of stars in the Galaxy and its nearby dwarf satellites.

Early life and career

Venn was born and raised in Toronto, Canada receiving her BSc from the University of Toronto in Physics & Astronomy in 1987. She then completed her PhD in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994 working with Prof. Christopher Sneden and Prof. David L. Lambert on the evolution of massive stars, and pursued postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics/Universitäts-Sternwarte_München working with Prof. Rolf-Peter Kudritzki on the properties of massive stars in the Magellanic Clouds and other Local Group dwarf irregular galaxies.

She held a Clare Boothe Luce Professorship [3] in Physics & Astronomy at Macalester College from 1996-2004, then moved to the University of Victoria as a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Exploration and Understanding of Space[4] and Professor of Physics & Astronomy. She has served on numerous science advisory, time allocation, and funding committees, and currently represents Canada on the Thirty Meter Telescope Board of Governors[5].

In 2017, she led a team of Canadian researchers in developing a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council CREATE training program in New Technologies for Canadian Observatories[6], a program to help prepare students for leadership positions in Canadian astronomy and high-tech industry.

Research

Venn is internationally recognized for her expertise in observational stellar spectroscopy, and the chemo-dynamical analysis of stars in the Galaxy and its nearby dwarf satellites. She also has a strong interest in new astronomical techniques, ranging from new instruments for multi object spectroscopy or adaptive optics, to new data analysis methods, such as machine learning applications for spectroscopic surveys. In her work, Venn has used data from the largest ground-based telescopes, including the Very Large Telescope, the Magellan Telescopes, the Subaru Telescope, the Gemini Observatory, and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, as well as space-based telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the ESO Gaia mission.

Recognition and awards

Venn won the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE, 2000), and the UVic Reach Award for Excellence in Research Partnerships[7] (2018) with Prof. Colin Bradley, Dr. David Andersen, and Dr. Olivier Lardiere, for their work on the RAVEN MOAO science demonstrator[8].

Venn was interviewed on CBC's All Points West (17 October 2019) about her work on the oldest, most metal-poor stars[9] with the Pristine collaboration.

Publications

Venn's most cited and most recent peer-review publications include:

  • "Stellar Chemical Signatures and Hierarchical Galaxy Formation", appeared in the Astronomical Journal, 2004[10]
  • "The Chemical Composition of Three Lambda Bootis Stars", appeared in the Astrophysical Journal, 1990[11]
  • "Nucleosynthesis and the Inhomogeneous Chemical Evolution of the Carina Dwarf Galaxy", appeared in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2012[12]
  • "The Pristine survey IV: approaching the Galactic metallicity floor with the discovery of an ultra-metal-poor star" appeared in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2018[13]
  • "The Pristine survey - IX. CFHT ESPaDOnS spectroscopic analysis of 115 bright metal-poor candidate stars", appeared in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2020[14]

Affiliations

Venn is an active member of CASCA (Canadian Astronomical Society), currently serving on the CASCA/ACURA TMT Advisory Committee, and formerly on the Mid-Term Review of the Long Range Plan[15] (2015), and as Chair of the Awards committee (2007-2011). She is also an active member of ACURA (Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy[16]), and she is a member of the IAU[17]

References

  1. "Department of Physics & Astronomy".
  2. "University of Victoria Astronomy Research Centre".
  3. "Clare Boothe Luce Professorship".
  4. {{Cite web | url=https://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/chairholders-titulaires/profile-eng.aspx?profileId=1760 | title= Dr. Kim Venn awarded a Canada Research Chair in Exploration and Understanding of Space
  5. "Thirty Metre Telescope Board of Governors".
  6. "NSERC CREATE training program in New Technologies for Canadian Observatories".
  7. "UVic Reach Award for Excellence in Research Partnerships".
  8. "The UVic RAVEN MOAO science demonstrator, deployed at the Subaru Telescope".
  9. "CBC All Points West interview "Messaeger star from the early Universe"".
  10. Venn, Kim A.; Irwin, Mike J.; Shetrone, Matthew D.; et al. (September 2004). "Stellar Chemical Signatures and Hierarchical Galaxy Formation". Astronomical Journal. 128: 1177–1195. doi:10.1086/422734.
  11. Venn, Kim A.; Lambert, David L. (November 1990). "FThe Chemical Composition of Three Lambda Bootis Stars". Astrophysical Journal. 363: 234–244. doi:10.1086/169334.
  12. Venn, Kim A.; Shetrone, Matthew D.; Irwin, Mike J.; et al. (June 2012). "Nucleosynthesis and the Inhomogeneous Chemical Evolution of the Carina Dwarf Galaxy". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 116: 102–127. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/751/2/102.
  13. Starkenburg, Else; Aguado, David S.; Bonifacio, Piercarlo; et al. (December 2018). "The Pristine survey IV: approaching the Galactic metallicity floor with the discovery of an ultra-metal-poor star". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 481: 3838–3852. doi:10.1093/mnras/sty2276.
  14. Venn, Kim A.; Kielty, Collin L.; Sestito, Federico; et al. (March 2020). "The Pristine survey - IX. CFHT ESPaDOnS spectroscopic analysis of 115 bright metal-poor candidate stars". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 492: 3241–3262. doi:10.1093/mnras/stz3546.
  15. "CASCA Mid-Term Review (2015) of the Long Range Plan (2010)".
  16. "ACURA, Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy".
  17. "IAU member number 740".

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