• Dr. Simpson received her Doctor of Science in Astronomy degree at the University of Florida in 1995. She joined FIU's Department of Physics also in 1995, where she is now a full professor. She is currently the CASE Equity Advisor and an Assoc. Director for the Office to Advance Women, Equity, and Diversity (AWED).

    She was awarded the Richard H. Emmons Award for Excellence in College Astronomy Teaching by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in 2016.

    Dr. Simpson's research is on star formation in dwarf galaxies, with an emphasis on the atomic hydrogen gas which is the initial building block for stars. As star formation is how galaxies evolve, and because dwarf galaxies are the most abundant type of galaxy in the universe, studying star formation in dwarf galaxies helps us understand how the universe has evolved over time.

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  • Astronomy; Evolution of Dwarf Galaxies

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full name

  • Caroline Simpson


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