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Shauna Sallmen

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Astronomy / Astrophysics


Astronomy & Physics Specialist, B.Sc., University of Toronto
Astronomy M.S., University of California at Berkeley
Astronomy Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley


Teaching history

At UW-L I have taught the following courses:

PHY/AST 155 (lecture & lab) - Solar System Astronomy (GE)
PHY/AST 160 (lecture & lab - was PHY 156) - Stars, Galaxies & the Universe (GE)
PHY/AST 362: Astrophysics
PHY/AST 363: Astrophysics Lab
PHY/AST 466: Cosmology & Large Scale Structure
PHY 103 (lecture & lab) and PHY 104 (lecture) - Fundamental Physics I & II
PHY 125 (lecture) Physics for Life Sciences
PHY 332: Electrodynamics
PHY 491: Physics Capstone
PHY 497: Physics Seminar
PHY 498: Physics & Astronomy Research

Professional history

I obtained my Ph.D. from the Astronomy Department at the University of California, studying pulsars. I was a then a Postdoc and then a Research Astronomer at UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory. During this period, I began to study the Interstellar Medium (the stuff between the stars), using a variety of methods. I was also a part-time instructor of astronomy at Vista Community College in Berkeley. I joined UW-L in Fall 2003.

Research and publishing

My research has included the following topics. For details see my Main Website

  • Exoplanet Transit Light Curves
  • Effects of Radiation Pressure on the orbits of large-area low-mass satellites around exoplanets
  • Interstellar Medium (esp. Interstellar Shells)
  • Pulsars