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MacKenzie Warren and Abbie Stevens Receive National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships

Abbie Stevens and MacKenzie Warren, with an illustration of an accreting black hole and a simulation of an exploding star

MSU researchers Abbie Stevens and MacKenzie Warren have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Fellowships. As described by the NSF: "NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships provide an opportunity for highly qualified, recent doctoral scientists to carry out an integrated program of independent research and education. The program supports researchers for a period of up to three years with fellowships that may be taken to eligible host institution(s) of their choice. The program is intended to recognize early-career investigators of significant potential and to provide them with experience in research and education that will establish them in positions of distinction and leadership in the community."

MacKenzie Warren works on simulations of core-collapse supernovae, which mark the explosive death of massive stars. The image at bottom center (courtesy Kuo-Chuan Pan) is from a simulation of a 20 solar mass core-collapse supernova. MacKenzie received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame and joined MSU in 2016.

Abbie Stevens is currently finishing her PhD at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the behavior of matter under the extreme conditions found near neutron stars and black holes, as shown in the illustration at top center (credit NASA/CXC/M. Weiss). Abbie will be joining MSU in Fall 2018.