Rose Finn received a Bachelor's of Arts in Astronomy-Physics from the University of Virigina and a Master's of Science in Physics from Dartmouth College.  She then taught 8th through 12th grade science at the Albany Academy for Girls for three years before continuing her graduate studies at the University of Arizona, where she received her Ph.D. in astronomy in 2003.  As a graduate student, Rose was awarded a Space Grant Fellowship and a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program fellowship.  Upon completing her Ph.D., she was awarded a National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Post-doctoral Fellowship, which she took to the University of Massachusetts.  Rose joined the faculty of Siena College in 2005 as the first tenure-track woman in the Physics Department.  In 2009, Rose was awarded a CAREER award by the National Science Foundation.  Dr. Finn has also received other research grants from NASA and the NSF.

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Astronomy University of Arizona
M.S. Physics Dartmouth College
B.A. Astronomy-Physics University of Virginia

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

 I strongly believe in an active, student-focused approach to teaching. This was not my philosophy when I started teaching 16 years ago; I have continually experimented with various teaching techniques, and I have observed that student-centered teaching is more effective and more enjoyable than traditional techniques. As a result, I have tried to implement this as much as possible at Siena. 

What I Love About Siena

There are two main reasons why I love teaching at Siena: great students and small class sizes.  My first year, I thought I was lucky because I taught a group of students who worked hard, participated in class, and were just fun to spend time with.  I now realize that this wasn't luck - this is just what most of our Siena students are like.  Of course I might not know this if our classes contained 100 students!  I could never imagine myself teaching a class with one or two hundred students.  The small class sizes at Siena allow me to make classes interactive, and I am able to get to know my students academically and personally.   

My Favorite Courses to Teach

 My favorite classes to teach are General Physics and Introductory Astronomy.  General Physics is just fun - we do lots of hands-on activities and we cover a broad range of topics.  I enjoy Introductory Astronomy because astronomy is the reason I am a scientist!  I also enjoy the opportunity to teach and interact with liberal arts and business majors.  

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2014 - Now Professor of Physics and Astronomy Siena College
2011 - 2014 Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Siena College
2005 - 2011 Assistant Professor of Physics Siena College
2003 - 2005 Postdoctoral Fellow , Astronomy & Astrophysics University of Massachusetts
1994 - 1997 Science Teacher Albany Academy for Girls

Current Research

Rose's research focuses on understanding how a galaxy is influenced by the environment in which it lives.

Articles & Book Reviews

  • Cold gas in the inner regions of intermediate redshift clusters
    Astronomy & Astrophysics
    2013
  • Nebular Attenuation in Hα-selected Star-forming Galaxies at z = 0.8 from the NewHα Survey
    Astronomical Journal
    2013
  • Average Metallicity and Star Formation Rate of Lyα Emitters Probed by a Triple Narrowband Survey
    Astrophysical Journal
    2011
  • The Hα Luminosity Function and Star Formation Rate Volume Density at z = 0.8 from the NEWFIRM Hα Survey
    Astrophysical Journal
    2011
  • Comparing the Relation Between Star Formation and Galaxy Mass in Different Environments
    Astrophysical Journal
    2010
  • Evolution of Cluster Scaling Relations with Near-infrared and Spitzer Imaging
    Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
    2010
  • Evolution of Galaxy Cluster Luminosity Functions at Moderate Redshift in the IRAC Bands
    Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
    2010
  • Evolution of Star Formation From Spitzer MIPS Imaging of Moderate Redshift Galaxy Clusters
    Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
    2010
  • HI Content of the MKW 10 Group Galaxies
    Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
    2010
  • Incidence and Properties of Merging Systems in Ten EDisCS Galaxy Clusters
    Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
    2010
  • Newfirm H Galaxy survey: Deep Follow-up Spectroscopy of z=0.8 Star Forming Galaxies
    Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
    2010
  • The evolution of the density of galaxy clusters and groups: denser environments at higher redshifts
    MNRAS
    2010
  • A Comparison of UV and Ha Star Formation Rates In Intermediate Redshift Galaxies
    American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts
    2009
  • Dust-Obscured Star-Formation in Intermediate Redshift Galaxy Clusters
    Astrophysical Journal
    2009
  • Extending Deep H-alpha Galaxy Surveys to Higher Redshift with NEWFIRM
    American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts
    2009
  • Ha Luminosity Functions and Star Formation Rate Volume Densities at z=0.8
    American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts
    2009
  • The ESO Distant Cluster Sample: Galaxy Evolution and Environment out to z = 1
    The Messenger
    2009
  • Effect of Night Laboratories on Learning Objectives for a Nonmajor Astronomy Class
    Astronomy Education Review
    2008
  • Mass and Redshift Dependence of Star Formation in Relaxed Galaxy Clusters
    Astrophysical Journal
    2008
  • The Relation between Star Formation, Morphology, and Local Density in High-Redshift Clusters and Groups
    Astrophysical Journal
    2008
  • An Extremely Massive Dry Merger in a Moderate Redshift Cluster
    Astrophysical Journal
    2007
  • Comparison Of UV And H-alpha SFR Indicators At Intermediate Redshift: Extraction Of H-alpha Fluxes From Near-IR Narrowband Imaging
    American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts
    2007
  • Ha-Derived Star-Formation Rates for three z = 0.75 EDisCS Galaxy Clusters
    Astrophysical Journal
    2005
  • Ha-Derived Star-Formation Rates for the z = 0.845 Galaxy Cluster CLJ0023+0423B
    Astrophysical Journal
    2004
  • Ha-derived Star Formation Rates of 0.6 < z < 0.8 Galaxy Clusters
    Clusters of Galaxies: Probes of Cosmological Structure and Galaxy Evolution
    2004
  • Integrated Star-Formation Rates of the C4 Galaxy Cluster Sample
    Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
    2004
  • The Surprisingly Sparse Environments of Optically Selected Quasars
    Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
    2004
  • Ha Star-Formation Rates for the z = 0.84 Galaxy Cluster CLJ0023+0423B
    Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
    2003
  • Probing the Triggering & Fueling Mechanisms for Quasars
    Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
    2003
  • Ha -Derived Star-Formation Rates of 0.6 < z < 0.8 Galaxy Clusters
    Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
    2002
  • 'WFPC2 Imaging of Quasar Environments A Comparison of Large Bright Quasar Survey and Hubble Space Telescope Archive Quasars
    Astrophysical Journal
    2001
  • Galaxies in the Fields of z 1.5 Radio-Loud Quasars
    Astronomical Journal
    2001
  • PISCES A Wide Field, 1 - 2µm Camera for Large Aperture Telescopes
    Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
    2001
  • WFPC2 Imaging of Quasar Environments: a comparison of LBQS and HST archive quasars
    QSO Hosts and Their Environments
    2001
  • A Wide-Field Camera for 1-2.5mu M Imaging at the 2.3 and 6.5m Telescopes
    Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
    1998
  • Wide-Field, R and H Band Imaging of Quasar Environments
    Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
    1998
  • Optical Spectra of SN 1993J During the First 500 Days
    Astronomical Journal
    1995
  • Optical Spectra of SN 1993J During the First Week
    Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
    1993