Curriculum Vitae

Brian P. Abbott

Hayden Planetarium

Department of Astrophysics

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street

New York, NY 10024-5192

Voice: +1-212-496-3578

Fax: +1-212-769-5007

E-mail: abbott at amnh.org

Web: http://brianabbott.net/

Employment

2013—Present

American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

Assistant Director, Hayden Planetarium

2004—2013

American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

Manager, Digital Universe; Hayden Planetarium

2000—2004

American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

Data Analyst; Hayden Planetarium

1999—2000

American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

Project Astronomer, Digital Galaxy Project; Hayden Planetarium

1997—1999

University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

Research Assistant, Department of Physics & Astronomy

1996

Main Line Night School, Radnor, PA

Instructor

1992—1996

Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Research Assistant, Department of Astronomy

1992—1995

Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Teaching Assistant, Department of Astronomy

Education

M.S. Physics, May 1999

University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

Thesis: Ionization Structure and Mass-Loss for Rapidly-Rotating Near Main-Sequence B Stars

Advisor: Jon E. Bjorkman

B.S. Astronomy and Astrophysics, May 1995
Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Teaching Experience

Presenter, Hayden Planetarium
Participant in the monthly programs showcasing the Digital Universe in the planetarium.
Instructor, Envisioning the Virtual Universe, Hayden Planetarium
Co-developed and co-taught a popular Hayden course highlighting how to use the Digital Universe atlas.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Toledo
Taught physics labs designed for music and art majors.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Villanova University
Taught astronomy labs for non-science majors and hosted public observing evenings at the observatory.
Instructor, Main Line Night School
Designed and taught two astronomy courses for adults, integrating classroom instruction with night-sky observing.

Research Experience

Research Assistant, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Toledo
Modified radiative transfer codes to explore the 3-D wind structure and composition in rapidly rotating B stars.
Research Assistant, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Villanova University
Light-curve analysis and photometry of binary stars, spectral analysis of variable stars, binary stars, and cataclysmic variable stars using the Villanova University Observatory, remote telescopes on Mt. Hopkins, Arizona, the International Ultraviolet Explorer, and the Hubble Space Telescope.

Technical Skills

Web Development
Author, Programmer, and Editor of www.haydenplanetarium.org which receives over 2 million hits per month, and brianabbott.net, which receives about 500,000 hits per month.
Programming
Perl, C, PHP, Javascript, MySQL, XHTML, CSS, LaTeX, KML, IDL, Shell
Operating Systems
Mac OS X, Linux, IRIX, Solaris, Windows
Miscellaneous
Google Earth, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe AfterEffects, IRAF

Publications

The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena VIII: City of Stars

Brian Abbott, Editor

2015, (San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific), Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, vol. 501

The 330-page conference proceeding from the 8th meeting of the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena.

Digital Universe Guide

Brian Abbott

2006, A 200-page guide to the Digital Universe Atlas

Virtual Universe

Brian Abbott, Carter Emmart, and Ryan Wyatt

Natural History Magazine, April 2004, Volume 113 Number 3, pp.44–49

The Digital Universe Coalition: Building a Prototype NVO E/PO Portal

Mendez, B.; Craig, N.; Haisch, B.; Lindblom, J.; Hanisch, R.; Summers, F.; Abbott, B.

2004, American Astronomical Society Meeting 204, #78.05

Visualizing and Analyzing Massive Astronomical Datasets with Partiview

Abbott, B. P.; Emmart, C. B.; Levy, S.; Liu, C. T.

2004, in P.J. Quinn, and K.M. Gorski (editors), Toward an International Virtual Observatory. ESO Astrophysics Symposia: 57–61. Berlin: Springer

Hayden Planetarium's Digital Universe: The Extragalactic Atlas

Abbott, B. P.; Gawiser, E.; Emmart, C. B.; Wyatt, R. J.

2003, American Astronomical Society Meeting 203, #118.07

Partiview User's Guide

Brian Abbott

2003, A manual for the Partiview software package

An Interactive Viewing System for 3-D Astronomical Data

Emmart, C. B.; Abbott, B. P.; Wyatt, R. J.; Levy, S

2001, American Astronomical Society Meeting 199, #22.10

The Astrophysics Visualization Archive: Toward a Virtual Observatory Node at AMNH/Hayden

Abbott, B. P.; Liu, C. T.; Tyson, N. D.

2001, American Astronomical Society Meeting 199, #10.06

3-D Visualizations of Massive Astronomy Datasets with a Digital Dome

Liu, C. T.; Abbott, B.; Emmart, C.; Mac Low, M.; Shara, M.; Summers, F.; Tyson, N. D.

Virtual Observatories of the Future, ASP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 225. Edited by Robert J. Brunner, S. George Djorgovski, and Alex S. Szalay. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, ISBN: 1-58381-057-9, 2001, p.188

Ionization Structure and Mass Loss for Rapidly-Rotating Near Main-Sequence B Stars

Bjorkman, J. E.; Abbott, B. P.

The Be Phenomenon in Early-Type Stars, IAU Colloquium 175, ASP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 214, edited by Myron A. Smith and Huib F. Henrichs. Astronomical Society of the Pacific, ISBN 1-58381-045-5, 2000, p.632

Ionization Structure and Mass-Loss for Rapidly-Rotating Near Main-Sequence B Stars

Bjorkman, J. E.; Abbott, B. P.

1999, American Astronomical Society Meeting 194, #13.09

Hubble Space Telescope GHRS Spectroscopy of U Geminorum during Two Outbursts

Sion, Edward M.; Cheng, Fuhua; Szkody, Paula; Huang, Min; Provencal, Judi; Sparks, Warren; Abbott, Brian; Hubeny, Ivan; Mattei, Janet; Shipman, Harry

1997, Astrophysical Journal v.483, p.907

UBVRI Photometry of the Solar Neighborhood Pleiades-Age K Dwarfs HD 17925 and HD 1405

Abbott, B. P.; Pomerance, B. H.; Ambruster, C. W., 1995

1995, American Astronomical Society Meeting, 186, #22.10

Simultaneous EUVE and IUE Flares from the Flare Star EV Lac

Pomerance, B. H.; Abbott, B.; Ambruster, C.

1995, American Astronomical Society Meeting, 186, #21.03

Photoelectric Photometry of VW Cephei in 1993

Abbott, B. P.; Rumignani, D. J.

1994, Information Bulletin on Variable Stars, 4041, 1

Community Service

2001—2006 Volunteer Mentor, icouldbe.org
Participant in the annual Career Institute, 92nd Street Y

Memberships

American Astronomical Society
International Planetarium Society

Personal Interests

Traveling, writing, New York City, hiking, web design, programming.