I’m Alex Gurvich, a graduate student in Astronomy at Northwestern University working in the galaxy formation group with Claude-André Faucher-Giguère. My research is focused on using the FIRE simulations to understand the connection between supernovae and other forms of stellar feedback and how they regulate star formation both by generating turbulence in the interstellar medium and by launching massive galactic outflows. I’ve also been working on a project to accelerate the CHIMES time-dependent chemistry module using GPUs in order to run it in larger volume and higher resolution simulations that are currently prohibitively costly computationally.
I also have a vibrant interest in visualization and have co-developed a new browser-based particle visualization platform to use to convey my research to a broad range of audiences, Firefly. You can try a prototype version of Firefly at its git repository and try it out for yourself.
As part of a science communication workshop I took part in, I recorded a video of me giving a public lecture about using hydrodynamic simulations of galaxies to study star formation– you can check it out below.
Outreach is very important to me as well. I help staff the Space Visualization Lab at the Adler Planetarium for their Astronomy Conversations program, where professional astronomers use unique visualization resources to engage the general public.
I also spend a lot of time organizing (and sometimes delivering) public lectures for Chicago’s branch of Astronomy on Tap and for CIERA Astronomer Evenings at Dearborn Observatory. I also regularly volunteer to run some of the weekly public observing sessions on the historic Dearborn Telescope.
If you have any questions about what I do or would just like to get in touch, feel free to shoot me an email or drop by my office.