Jenna Cann

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Jenna Cann

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  • 703.424.6350
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 662
  • COLUMBIA , MD 21044
  • Employer: UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
  • Brief Bio

    Jenna Cann studies active galactic nuclei in dwarf and low metallicity galaxies, with both theoretical and observational projects. They use the photoionization code, Cloudy, to simulate the emission from black holes of various masses (particularly those in the intermediate mass range; 100 - 10,000 MSun) to determine the best diagnostics to find black holes in extreme environments. She also uses data from Keck and Gemini to assess the efficacy of these diagnostics.

    Research Interests

    Dwarf and low metallicity galaxies

    Intermediate Mass Black Holes

    Positions/Employment

    8/2017 - 5/2021

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

    Dissertation: Local Relics - The Hunt for Intermediate Mass Black Holes

    Advisor: Shobita Satyapal

    6/2021 - Present

    NASA Postdoctoral Fellow

    Universities Space Research Association, NASA Goddard, Greenbelt, MD

    Education

    PhD in Physics - George Mason University (2021)

    B.S. in Astronomy - George Mason University (2017)

    A.S. in Math - Northern Virginia Community College (2013)

    Professional Service

    NGAPS+ co-officer (Advocacy, DEIA subcommittees)

    Co-founder of Spectrum, DEIA club and mentoring program at George Mason University Department of Physics

    Awards

    Dean's Award for Excellence in Service (George Mason University, May 2021)

    Outstanding Physics PhD Dissertation (George Mason University, May 2021)

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (NSF GRFP, Sept 2017 - May 2021)

    Dean's Award for Excellence (George Mason University, April 2019)

    Brief Bio

    Jenna Cann studies active galactic nuclei in dwarf and low metallicity galaxies, with both theoretical and observational projects. They use the photoionization code, Cloudy, to simulate the emission from black holes of various masses (particularly those in the intermediate mass range; 100 - 10,000 MSun) to determine the best diagnostics to find black holes in extreme environments. She also uses data from Keck and Gemini to assess the efficacy of these diagnostics.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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