Published: January 15, 2006
Mr. Blackwell attended the AAS meeting in Washington D.C.. He learned quite a bit via the talks by Gregory Rudnick concerning the IR studies of galaxy clusters. His astronomical studies have focused on cataclysmic variables, "so galactic studies are quite new to me and a pleasure. Photometry in the IR of galaxies is all new to me." He learned a lot about the various methods used to calculate star birth rates using Spitzer (and other) data.