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Ali M. Bramson
Graduate Student,
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

1629 E. University Blvd.

Tucson, AZ 85721

bramson (at) lpl.arizona.edu
www.lpl.arizona.edu/~bramson

Education

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2012-present
           PhD Candidate, Planetary Science

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2007-2011
            B.S. in Physics and Astronomy-Physics, certificate in Computer Science
            Cumulative GPA: 3.815/4.0        GPA in physical science/math courses: 3.72/4.0
            Named on UW's Dean's List 6 semesters

Verona Area High School, Verona, WI, 2003-2007
            High School diploma with honors

Honors and Awards

  • Student Travel Grant from MEPAG (Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group) to attend the Eighth International Conference on Mars (2014)
  • Roy P. Drachman Galileo Scholarship for the College of Science Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award (2014)
  • College of Science Teaching Award for the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (2014)
  • University of Arizona Galileo Circle Scholarship (2014)
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (2013)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (2013-present)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Rondo Carson and Virginia Bryan Carson Graduate Fellowship (2012-2013)
  • Arizona Space Grant Consortium Assistantship (2012-2013)
  • UW-Madison Astronomy Dept. Lowell Doherty Award for Excellence in Astronomy (2012)
  • Member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (URM) Fellow (2008-2011)
  • Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Research Grant (2011)
  • David H. Durra Scholarship for undergraduates pursuing degrees in the physical sciences and mathematics (2011)
  • Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) Undergraduate Scholarship (2010-2011)
  • Bernice Durand Undergraduate Scholarship for undergraduate women or minorities majoring in Physics or Astronomy (2009)
  • William F. Vilas Scholarship (2007)
  • Verona Area Community Theater Fine Arts Scholarship (2007)

Research Experiences

Graduate Research Associate
Terraced craters and subsurface ice in Arcadia Planitia, Mars
Planetary Science Department, University of Arizona, August 2012-current
Advisor: Prof. Shane Byrne

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Using networking algorithms to assess the environments of galaxy groups (Senior Thesis Project)
Astronomy Department, University of Wisconsin, December 2008-May 2012                          
Advisor: Prof. Eric M. Wilcots

REU Student
Searching for ongoing geologic activity on Jupiter’s satellites
SETI Institute, June 2010-August 2010                                                                  
Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Phillips


REU Student
Modeling of 25143 Itokawa to improve shape estimation methods
Arecibo Observatory/Cornell University, May 2009-August 2009
Advisors: Dr. Ellen Howell and Dr. Michael Nolan


Undergraduate Research Assistant

Environmental transformations of metal nanoparticles
Solution based growth of nanoparticles

Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC), University of Wisconsin, June 2007-May 2009
Advisors: Dr. Kevin M. Metz and Prof. Joel A. Pedersen

Skills

Computer: Microsoft, Mac and Linux OS; MS Office Suite; Java, Matlab, Maple, MIPS R2000 Assembly Language, BASIC, Visual Basic, C, C++ and IDL

Remote Sensing: ArcGIS; SeisWare Seismic Software; USGS’s planetary imaging software ISIS; Socet Set and HiRISE Digital Terrain Model (DTM) creation

Lab: Aqueous synthesis of metal nanoparticles, scanning electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, UV-Visible spectroscopy

Presentations


Ali M. Bramson, S. Byrne, S. Sutton, N.E. Putzig, E. Martellato, G. Cremonese, J.J. Plaut, J.W. Holt (March 2015), A Study of Martian Mid-Latitude Ice Using Observations and Modeling of Terraced Craters. Poster presentation at the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX.

Ali M. Bramson, S. Byrne, N.E. Putzig, S. Mattson, J.J. Plaut, J.W. Holt (November 2014), Distribution and Compositional Constraints on Subsurface Ice in Arcadia Planitia, Mars. Oral presentation at the 46th Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS) Conference, Tucson, AZ.

Ali M. Bramson, S. Byrne, N.E. Putzig, S. Mattson, J.J. Plaut, J.W. Holt (July 2014), Thick, Excess Water Ice in Arcadia Planitia. Poster presentation at the 8th International Conference on Mars, Pasadena, CA.

Ali M. Bramson, S. Byrne, N.E. Putzig, S. Mattson, J.J. Plaut, J.W. Holt (March 2014), Thick, Excess Water Ice in Arcadia Planitia, Mars. Oral presentation at the 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX.

Ali M. Bramson, S. Byrne, N.E. Putzig, J.J. Plaut, S. Mattson, J.W. Holt (December 2013)Thick Subsurface Water Ice in Arcadia Planitia, Mars. Oral presentation at the 2013 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Ali M. Bramson, S. Byrne, N.E. Putzig, S. Mattson, J.J. Plaut (March 2013), Terraced Craters and Subsurface Ice in Arcadia Planitia, Mars. Poster presented at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX.

Ali M Bramson, K. Hess, and E.M. Wilcots (January 2012), Applying Social Networking and Clustering Algorithms to Galaxy Groups in ALFALFA. Oral presentation at the 219th American Astronomical Society Conference, Austin, TX.

Ali M. Bramson and E.M. Wilcots, (August 2011),
Using Networking Algorithms to Assess the Environment of Galaxy Groups. Oral presentation at the 21st Annual Wisconsin Space Conference, La Crosse, WI.

Ali M. Bramson, C.B. Phillips and J.P. Emery, (March 2011). A Search for Ongoing Geologic Activity on Jupiter’s Satellites. Poster presented at the 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX.


Ali M. Bramson and E.M. Wilcots, (January 2011),
Using Networking Algorithms to Assess the Environment of Galaxy Groups. Poster presented at the 217th American Astronomical Society Conference, Seattle, WA.

Ali M. Bramson, C.B. Phillips and J.P. Emery, (August 2010). A Search for Ongoing Geologic Activity on Jupiter’s Satellites. Oral presentation at the SETI Institute colloquium, Mountain View, CA.


Ali M. Bramson, C. Magri, E.S. Howell, M.C. Nolan, P.A. Taylor, (October 2009),
The Hayabusa Spacecraft Model of Itokawa: Lessons Learned for Radar Shape Models, Poster presented at the 41st Division for Planetary Sciences Conference, Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Ali M. Bramson, J.A. Pedersen, (April 2009), Stability of Nanoparticles Under Simulated Environmental Conditions, Oral presentation at the 11th Annual UW-Madison Undergraduate Research Symposium, Madison, WI.


Ali M. Bramson, K.M. Metz, and J.A. Pedersen, (January 2009), Stability of Metal Nanoparticles Under Simulated Environmental Conditions, Poster presented at the 2nd Annual Undergraduate Conference for Women in Physics, Urbana, IL.


Ali M. Bramson, K.M. Metz, and J.A. Pedersen, (April 2008), Stability of Metal Nanoparticles Under Simulated Environmental Conditions, Poster presented at the 10th Annual UW-Madison Undergraduate Research Symposium Poster Session, Madison, WI.


Ali M. Bramson, K.M. Metz and J.A. Pedersen, (April 2008),
Stability of Palladium Nanoparticles Under Simulated Environmental Conditions, Presented at the 235th American Chemical Society Conference, Undergraduate Poster Session, New Orleans, LA.

Ali M. Bramson, K.M. Metz and J.A. Pedersen, (August 2007),
Solution Based Growth of Shaped Gold Nanoparticles, Presented at the UW-Madison NSEC REU Poster Session, Madison, WI.

Activities and Departmental Involvement

Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Conference (LPLC): session chair (Fall 2014)

LPL Graduate Student Website: webmaster (Fall 2014-present)

LPL Prospective Graduate Student Visit Weekend: coordinator (Spring 2014)

LPL Bratfest, coordinator (Fall 2012-present)

The Ogg Association at UW-Madison: Educational Programs Coordinator (2007-2008)

Society of Physics Students, UW-Madison chapter: president (2010-2011); vice president (2009-2010); coordinator (2008-2009); member (2007-2012)

Verona Area Community Theater, chorus member (1998-2005); technical crew & stage manager (2004-2012, 2014)

Teaching and Mentoring

LASC 397B&C: Entering Research, (Arizona) Fall 2013-present
Instructor of Record

Astronomy 340: Planetary Astrophysics, (Wisconsin) December 6, 2011
Guest lecturer

Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (URM) Program, (Wisconsin) Spring 2008-Spring 2011
Mentored students in the younger classes of fellows

EAGLE Middle School Science Mentor Program, (Fitchburg, WI) Spring 2011
Mentored an 8th grade student

Biology 260 & 261: Entering Research I & II, (Wisconsin) Fall 2010-Spring 2011
Co-facilitated this class for undergraduates beginning independent research projects

Astronomy 104: Our Exploration of the Solar System, (Wisconsin) Fall 2010
Guest lecturer and reviewer of students’ final projects on designing a solar system mission


Physics Learning Center,
(Wisconsin) 2009-2010
Peer Mentor Tutor (PMT): led 2+ small group sessions/week for introductory physics classes
Participated in weekly training seminars on basic teaching strategies

Outreach

Astronomy Ambassador for the American Astronomical Society, November 2014-present
http://aas.org/outreach/aas-astronomy-ambassadors-program

The Art of Planetary Science, December 2013
Volunteered with this exhibition to bring together scientists and artists in the Tucson community

Tucson Festival of Books,
March 2013
Volunteered at a meteorite exhibit for the public

Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo, November 2012
Volunteered at an impact cratering demo for the public

Sugar Creek Elementary School, November 2011
Read books about the Moon and the Mars rovers and explained various astronomical phenomena to three second-grade classes.

Universe in the Park, Summer 2010 & 2011
Gave 30 minute astronomy presentations at state parks, proceeded by telescope viewings

“SETI Gurls”, Summer 2010
Co-created this fun YouTube video about the SETI REU program. It has over 10,000 views on YouTube, and was featured on NPR’s Science Friday and was in AOL News and Astronomy Magazine.

SETIcon, August 2010
Ran planetarium shows and helped with a Build-Your-Own Galileoscope workshop

Wonders of Physics, February 2008 & 2009
Volunteered at this physics outreach program by collecting tickets, selling shirts and supervising the physics museum