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Karen Camarda

Associate Professor
Physics & Astronomy
College of Arts & Sciences
Contact
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
785.670.2145
Degrees & Certifications
Univ of California-San Diego, Bachelor of Science
Univ of IL-Urbana Champaign, Master of Science
Univ of IL-Urbana Champaign, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History

2008-present: Washburn University, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

2002-2008: Washburn University, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

2001-2001: University of Kansas, Lecturer, Department of Physics and Astronomy

2000-2002: University of Kansas, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

1997-1999: Penn State University, Postdoctoral scholar, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Department of Mathematics

Teaching
  • PS 261 A, College Physics I
  • PS 261 AL, College Physics I
  • PS 261 BL, College Physics I
  • PS 261 CL, College Physics I
  • PS 262 A, College Physics II
  • PS 262 AL, College Physics II
  • PS 262 BL, College Physics II
  • PS 262 CL, College Physics II
  • PS 321 B, Electromagnetic Theory II
  • PS 350 A, Modern Physics I
  • PS 351 A, Modern Physics II
  • PS 352 AL, At & Nuc Phys Lab
  • PS 360 A, Experimental Physics
Scholarly Interests/Activities
Numerical relativity, relativity theory, astrophysics, neutron stars, computational physics, parallel computing
Service Interests/Activities
Computers and other technology in higher education, encouraging girls and other under-represented populations in the sciences
Career Accomplishments

Publications:

Karen D. Camarda, Peter Anninos, P. Chris Fragile, and José A. Font, "Dynamical Bar-Mode Instability in Differentially Rotating Magnetized Neutron Stars," Astrophysical Journal 707 (2009) 1610-1622

Jay D. Salmonson, Peter Anninos, P. Chris Fragile, and Karen Camarda, "Cosmos++: Relativistic Magnetohydrodynamics on Unstructured Grids with Local Adaptive Refinement," Journal of Physics: Conference Series 78 (2007) 012060

Steven Brandt, Karen Camarda, Edward Seidel, and Ryoji Takahashi, "Three dimensional distorted black holes," Class. Quantum Grav. 20, 1 (2003).

Karen D. Camarda, Yuan He, and Kenneth A. Bishop, "A parallel chemical reactor simulation using Cactus," in the proceedings of Linux Clusters: The HPC Revolution (Urbana, Illinois, 2001) (PDF).

K. Camarda and E. Seidel, "Three-dimensional simulations of distorted black holes. Comparison with axisymmetric results," Phys. Rev. D 59, 064019 (1999).

S. R. Brandt, K. Camarda, and E. Seidel, "Three Dimensional Distorted Black Holes: Initial Data and Evolution," in Proceedings of the 8th Marcel Grossmann Meeting on General Relativity, edited by T. Piran (World Scientific, Singapore, 1999), p. 741.

P. Anninos, K. Camarda, J. Libson, J. Massó, E. Seidel, and W.-M. Suen, "Finding apparent horizons in dynamic 3D numerical spacetimes," Phys. Rev. D 58, 024003 (1998).

K. Camarda and E. Seidel, "Numerical evolution of dynamic 3D black holes: Extracting waves," Phys. Rev. D 57, R3204 (1998)

P. Anninos, K. Camarda, J. Massó, E. Seidel, W.-M. Suen, M. Tobias, and J. Towns, "3D Numerical Relativity at NCSA," in The Seventh Marcel Grossmann Meeting: On Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental Relativity, Gravitation, and Relativistic Field Theories, edited by R. T. Jantzen, G. M. Keiser, and R. Ruffini (World Scientific, Singapore, 1996), p. 644.

P. Anninos, K. Camarda, J. Massó, E. Seidel, W.-M. Suen, and J. Towns, "Three-dimensional numerical relativity: The evolution of black holes," Phys. Rev. D 52, 2059 (1995).

 

Presentations:

"Computational Modeling of Relativistic Stars," 2012 Anacapa Society Meeting, St. Paul, MN, May 11, 2012.

"Dynamical Bar-Mode Instability in Differentially Rotating Magnetized Neutron Stars," 20th Midwest Relativity Meeting, Guelph, Ontario, November 6, 2010.

"Black Hole Collisions as Sources of Gravitational Waves," talk given at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library as part of their "Visions of the Universe" exhibit, May 9, 2009. 

"Neutron Stars," talk given at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library as part of their "Visions of the Universe" exhibit, May 2, 2009. 

"Supercomputing at a Non-PhD Granting Institution," Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2008, Norman, OK, October 7, 2008. 

"Black Hole Collisions as Sources of Gravitational Waves," meeting of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, May 24, 2008. 

"Dynamical Bar-Mode Instability in Differentially Rotating Magnetized Neutron Stars," 38th Annual Mid-America Regional Astrophysics Conference, Kansas City, MO, April 12, 2008.

"Dynamical Bar-Mode Instability in Differentially Rotating Magnetized Neutron Stars," University of Kansas Astrophysics Seminar, April 1, 2008.

"Cosmos++: Evolving General Relativistic Magnetohydrodynamics on Unstructured Grids," 37th Mid-America Regional Astrophysics Conference, Kansas City, MO, April 14, 2007.

"Cosmos++: Evolving General Relativistic Magnetohydrodynamics on Unstructured Grids," 16th Midwest Relativity Meeting, St. Louis, MO, November 18, 2006.

"Numerical Binary Black Hole Collisions: A Status Report," seminar in the University of Valencia Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, June 28, 2006.

"Testing Einstein: Gravity Probe B," meeting of the Astronomy Associates of Lawrence, February 18, 2005.

"Black Hole Collisions as Sources of Gravitational Waves," Ad Astra Kansas Day! Second Annual Conference, April 24, 2004.

"Black Hole Collisions as Sources of Gravitational Waves," meeting of the Washburn University Natural Sciences Division, February 14, 2003.

"Black Hole Collisions as Sources of Gravitational Waves," University of Kansas Department of Physics and Astronomy Colloquium, October 14, 2002. 

"Black Hole Collisions as Sources of Gravitational Waves," meeting of the Northeast Kansas Amateur Astronomers' League (NEKAAL), May, 2002.

"Numerical Relativity and its Application to Black Hole Spacetimes," University of Kansas Department of Mathematics Computational and Applied Mathematics Seminar, April 17, 2002.

"Numerical Simulations of Distorted Black Hole Spacetimes," University of Kansas Department of Physics and Astronomy Astrophysics Seminar, February 7, 2002.

"Parallelism and Portability with Cactus: Application to a Chemical Reactor Simulation," Kansas Center for Advanced Scientific Computing (KCASC) seminar, November 30, 2001.

"Parallelism and Portability with Cactus: Application to a Chemical Reactor Simulation," American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting, Reno, NV, November 4-9, 2001.

"A parallel chemical reactor simulation using Cactus," Linux Clusters: The HPC Revolution, Urbana, IL, June 25-27, 2001.

"Numerical Evolution of Dynamic 3D Black Holes: Extracting Waves," Penn State Center for Gravitational Physics and Geometry Seminar, September 15, 1998. 

"Gravitational Radiation from Compact Objects Orbiting Massive Black Holes," 1998 Joint Meeting of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers, Columbus, OH, April 18-21, 1998. 

"3D Evolutions of Black Holes," 15th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation ("GR15"), Pune, India, December 16-21, 1997. 

"Three dimensional numerical simulations of distorted black holes," Penn State Center for Gravitational Physics and Geometry Seminar, October 23, 1997.