Lynne received her BS in astronomy from Case Western Reserve University in 1997, then attended Louisiana State University for her MS in physics (2000) and PhD in physics (2003). She then worked for two years at UNAM-Ensenada studying dust in pre-planetary nebulae and building a database of diffuse interstellar band measurements. She came to NASA's GSFC in 2006 as a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, where she conducted multiwavelength studies of interstellar dust and their importance to dust grain models.
While she most commonly studies interstellar dust, she also is interested in cataclysmic variables.
Interstellar dust and cataclysmic variables
Empirical determination of the XMM PSF
An interstellar dust model constrained by NIR through X-ray observations
Database of H column density measurements along Galactic sight lines to bright X-ray sources
B.S., Astronomy, Case Western Reserve University
M.S., Physics, Louisiana State University
Ph.D., Physics, Louisiana State University Thesis title: A Database of Reddened OB Sightlines and Their Properties
2008 An Analysis of the Dust Halo and Extinction toward X Persei, Valencic, L.A. and Smith, R.K. ApJ, in press
2008 The X-Ray Dust Halo and Reddening Toward Terzan 2, Valencic, L.A., Smith, R.K., Dwek, E., Dame, T.M., and Graessle, D. ApJ, submitted
2004 Does the 3.3µm PAH Emission Feature Require UV Excitation? Smith, T.L., Clayton, G., and Valencic., L.A. AJ, 128, 357
2004 Ultraviolet Extinction Properties in the Milky Way, Valencic, L.A., Clayton, G., Wolff, M.J., Gordon, K.D., and Smith, T.L. ApJ, 616, 912