Dawn Erb, an astrophysicist with the UWM Physics department, has received an Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). She will use the nearly $800,000 award to explore the composition of small, low-mass, galaxies formed when the universe was only 20 percent of its current age.
Further, she will examine "gravitationally lensed" galaxies, those that are far away but lie behind a cluster of galaxies. Curvature of spacetime around such a massive cluster results in the galaxies behind it to appear brighter and easier to observe.
Read more in the UWM Letter and Science, In-Focus magazine and at the NSF site.