Graduate Research Assistant
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
Searching for ongoing geologic activity on Jupiter’s satellites
SETI Institute, June 2010-August 2010
Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Phillips
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
Advisor: Prof. Joel A. Pedersen
Lab: Aqueous synthesis of metal nanoparticles, scanning electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, UV-Visible spectroscopy
Computer: Microsoft, Mac and Linux OS; MS Office Suite; Java, Matlab, Maple, MIPS R2000 Assembly Language, BASIC, Visual Basic, C, C++ and IDL; USGS’s planetary imaging software ISIS
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.
Tucson Festival of Books, March
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
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
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.
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
LASC 397A: Entering Research, Fall 2013-Spring 2014
Instructor of Record
Astronomy 340: Planetary
Astrophysics, December 6, 2011
Gave 75-minute guest lecture
Undergraduate Research and
Mentoring (URM) Program, Spring
Mentored a transfer student in the younger class of fellows
EAGLE Middle School Science
Mentor Program, Spring
Mentored an 8th grade student
Biology 261: Entering Research II, Spring
Co-facilitated this class on research ethics, research careers, analyzing and presenting data, contextualizing research in society, presenting research findings, and writing a mini-grant proposing the next phase of the research project.
Biology 260: Entering Research, Fall 2010
Co-facilitated this class on finding a research mentor, establishing goals, expectations and positive relationships with research group members, documenting research, reading scientific literature, defining a research project in a proposal and engaging in peer review.
104: Our Exploration of
the Solar System, Fall 2010
Guest lecturer and reviewer of students’ final projects on designing a solar system mission
Physics Learning Center, 2009-2010
Peer Mentor Tutor (PMT), led 2+ small group sessions a week for introductory physics classes and attended a weekly training seminar on basic teaching strategies
Physics Club, president (2010-2011); vice president (2009-2010); coordinator (2008-2009); member (2007-2012)
Paleoclub, member (2010-2011)
Hoofers Outing Club, member (2009-2010)
ZeroG Team, alternate flyer (2008-2009); ground crew (2009-2010)
The Ogg Association (TOGGA), Educational Programs Coordinator (2007-2008)
Humanists and Agnostics of UW-Madison, member (2007-2009)
Verona Area Community Theater, chorus member (1998-2005); technical crew & stage manager (2004-2012)