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Matthew J Turk

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Contact Information

4038 NCSA
1205 W. Clark St., Urbana
M/C 257
Assistant Professor of Information Sciences

Research Interests

Formation of the first stars and galaxies
Primordial chemistry
High-performance computing and computational simulations
Analysis and visualization of astrophysical data


BA from Northwestern in 2003
PhD from Stanford in 2009

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences
Assistant Professor, Astronomy
Assistant Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Affiliate, Center for Social and Behavioral Science

Recent Publications

Magnus, L. C., Smith, B. D., Khochfar, S., O’Shea, B. W., Wise, J. H., Norman, M. L., & Turk, M. J. (2024). The role of radiation and halo mergers in Pop III star formation. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 527(1), 307-320. Article stad3167.

McDowell, K., Hu, X., & Turk, M. J. (2024). Developing Library and Data Storytelling Toolkits: Scenarios and Personas. In I. Sserwanga, H. Joho, J. Ma, P. Hansen, D. Wu, M. Koizumi, & A. J. Gilliland (Eds.), Wisdom, Well-Being, Win-Win - 19th International Conference, iConference 2024, Proceedings (pp. 410-420). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 14596 LNCS). Springer.

McDowell, K., & Turk, M. J. (2024). Teaching data storytelling as data literacy. Information and Learning Science, 125(5-6), 321-345.

Paraschos, G. F., Kim, J. Y., Wielgus, M., Röder, J., Krichbaum, T. P., Ros, E., Agudo, I., Myserlis, I., Moscibrodzka, M., Traianou, E., Zensus, J. A., Blackburn, L., Chan, C. K., Issaoun, S., Janssen, M., Johnson, M. D., Fish, V. L., Akiyama, K., Alberdi, A., ... Zhao, S. S. (2024). Ordered magnetic fields around the 3C 84 central black hole. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 682, Article L3.

The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration (2024). First Sagittarius A* Event Horizon Telescope Results. VIII. Physical Interpretation of the Polarized Ring. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 964(2), Article L26.

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