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CV: Dr. Catherine Cress

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PhD in Astrophysics (Columbia University) 1998
MA & MPhil (Columbia University) 1996
Msc in Physics (Wits) 1993
Bsc (Hons) (With Distinction) in Theoretical Physics (Cape Town) 1991
2001 Lecturer, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, University of Natal, PMB
1999-2000 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics
1993-1998 Research and Training Fellow, Columbia University
1997 Visiting Summer Student, Cambridge University
1992-1993 Research Scientist, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, SA
1989-1991 Tutor, University of Cape Town
Extra-galatic astronomy and cosmology, particularly large-scale structure, galaxy formation and radio galaxies
Presented work at about 15 international conferences and workshops
Teaching / Outreach
2001 2nd year Computational Physics, 3rd year Modern Physics, Honours Cosmology
2000 Participant in planning teacher retraining (ACE) programs, PMB Science Center, talks to secondary schools, publicity of UNP programs.
1999 Public outreach lecturer at Max-Planck Institute (Munich)
1995 Public Outreach lecturer at American Museum of Natural History (New York)
1994-1997 1st year Astronomy Laboratory (co-ordinator for 1995-96)
1989-1991 1st year Physics, Maths, Computer Science Tutor and Demonstrator
2001 National Research Foundation Presidential Award (P-Rating)
1993 Columbia University 5-year Fellowship for PhD study
1990 Ivor Lewin award for best physics graduate
1998-1991 CSIR, FRD scholarships, UCT entrance scholarship
Professional Society / Committee Membership
Planning committee for the SA Msc in Astrophysics and Space Science Program
American Astronomical Society
South African Institute of Physics