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Paglione, Timothy

Paglione, Timothy

Curriculum Vitae

Professor and Chair
Earth and Physical Sciences

Phone: 718-262-2082
Office Location: AC-2F09B


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Boston University  Astronomy  1997 
BS  Stevens Institute of Technology  Physics  1990 
Prof. Paglione's main field is microwave spectroscopy of interstellar molecular clouds. He studies primarily the very largest clouds in galaxies, which form the most massive stars. These stars live furiously, greatly affecting their surroundings with their winds and radiation, then die dramatically in giant explosions that enrich the interstellar medium in heavy elements. Their lives are relatively brief as well ("only" 10 million years or less) so their impact is not only profound but immediate. Certain galaxies known as starbursts create numerous clusters of these massive stars in their centers. Dr. Paglione studies the gas that forms these stars in starbursts and in our own, normal, Milky Way Galaxy, estimating their physical properties and comparing them with the galaxy dynamics. Dr. Paglione also studies the gamma-ray emission from starburst galaxies and the Milky Way, which originates from supernovae and their particle reactions and other high energy emission mechanisms.

Areas of Expertise

Space Science

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Song, Y., Paglione, T. A. D., Tan, J., Lee-Goergescu, C., Herrera, D.. "A Stacking Survey of Gamma-ray Pulsars." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 524 2023: 5854.

Song, Y. & Paglione, T. A. D.. "A Stacking Search for Gamma-Ray Emission from Nearby Flare Stars and the Periodic Source TVLM 513-46546." The Astrophysical Journal. 900 2020: 185.

dos Anjos, R. C., Soriano, J. F., Anchordoqui, L. A., Paul, T. C., Torres, D. F., Krizmanic, J. F., Paglione, T. A. D., Moncada, R. J., Sarazin, F., Wiencke, L., Olinto, A. V.. "Ultrahigh-Energy Cosmic Ray Composition from the Distribution of Arrival Directions." Physical Review D. 98 2018: 123018.

Abrahams, R. D., Teachey, A., & Paglione, T. A. D.. "Calibrating Column Density Tracers with Gamma-ray Observations of the rho Ophiuchi Molecular Cloud." The Astrophysical Journal. 834 2017: 91.

Abrahams, R. D. & Paglione, T. A. D.. "High-Latitude, Translucent Molecular Clouds as Probes of Local Cosmic Rays." The Astrophysical Journal. 805 2015: 50.

Paglione, T. A. D. & Abrahams, R. D.. "Properties of Nearby Starburst Galaxies Based on their Diffuse Gamma-ray Emission." The Astrophysical Journal. 755 2012: 106.

Smolčić, V., Zamorani, G., Schinnerer, E., Bardelli, S., Bondi, M., Birzan, L., Carilli, C. L., Ciliegi, P., Ilbert, O., Koekemoer, A. M., Merloni, A., Paglione, T., Salvato, M., Scodeggio, M., Scoville, N.. "Cosmic Evolution of Radio Selected Active Galactic Nuclei in the COSMOS Field." The Astrophysical Journal. 696 2009: 24.

Smolčić, V., Schinnerer, E., Zamorani, G., Bell, E. F., Bondi, M., Carilli, C. L., Ciliegi, P., Mobasher, B., Paglione, T., Scodeggio, M., Scoville, N.. "The Dust Un-Biased Cosmic Star Formation History Derived Using 1.4 GHz Data From the VLA-COSMOS Survey." The Astrophysical Journal. 690 2009: 610.

Liu, C. T., Capak, P., Mobasher, B., Paglione, T. A. D., Scoville, N. Z., Tribiano, S. M., and Tyson, N. D.. "The Faint End of Starburst Galaxy Luminosity Functions In The COSMOS 2-Square Degree Field." The Astrophysical Journal. 672 2008: 198.

Paglione, T. A. D., Yam, O., Tosaki, T., Jackson, J. M.. "The Structure, Kinematics and Physical Properties of the Molecular Gas in the Starburst Nucleus of NGC 253." The Astrophysical Journal. 611 2004: 835.

Paglione, T. A. D., Wall, W. F., Young, J. S., Heyer, M. H., Richard, M., Goldstein, M., Kaufman, Z., Nantais, J., Perry, G.. "A Mapping Survey of the 13CO and CO Emission in Galaxies." The Astrophysical Journal. 135 2001: 183.

Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Paglione, T. A. D.. "Photodissociated Molecular Gas in NGC 253." ASP Conference Series. 320 2004: 47.

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Starburst Galaxies in the Fermi Era " 7/16/13: Nevis Labs, Columbia Univ..

" Starburst Galaxies in the Fermi Era " 7/7/11: Guillermo Haro 2011 Conference: Surveying the Gamma-ray Sky; INAOE, Puebla, Mexico.

" Star Formation from the Radio to Gamma-Rays " 5/17/11: AMNH Astrophysics Dept..

" Star Formation from the Radio to Gamma-Rays " 4/25/11: Boston University Astronomy Dept..

" Star Formation from One End of the Spectrum to the Other " 10/21/10: York College Provost Lecture.

" Star Formation from the Radio to Gamma-Rays " 10/31/08: Tri-State Astronomy Conference.


NSF, AstroCom NYC: A Partnership between New York City Astronomers. 9/1/22-8/31/27: $1.7M.

Simons Foundation, AstroCom NYC: CUNY-CCA Undergraduate Research Program. 9/1/22-8/31/27: $868,808.

NSF, AstroCom NYC: A Partnership between New York City Astronomers. 10/1/18-8/31/23: $1.10M.

Simons Foundation, AstroCom NYC: CUNY-CCA Undergraduate Research Program. 5/1/18-8/31/22: $363,894.

NASA, NY Space Grant, York Affiliate. 5/1/22 - 4/30/23: $10,000.

PSC-CUNY, Stellar Sources of Energetic Gamma-rays. 7/1/20-6/30/21: $12,000.

NSF, AstroCom NYC: A Partnership between Astronomers at CUNY, AMNH, and Columbia University. 9/1/12 - 8/31/19: $1.75M.

NASA, NY Space Grant Community College Partnership Program. 9/19/14-9/18/16, 5/1/17-4/30/18: $530,428.

Simons Foundation, CUNY-CCA Undergraduate Research Program. 5/1/17-4/30/18: $58,255.

NASA, Origins of the Gamma-ray Emission from Infrared-Luminous Galaxies Observed with Fermi. 4/23/12 - 4/22/13: $15,000.

NASA + private/corporate, Science, Engineering, Mathematics, & Aerospace Academy. 7/27/10 - 9/30/12: $330,755.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Observatory Public Open Night: 2/1/02 - present.

Student Observing Support Committee, National Radio Astronomical Observatory: 6/1/19 - 12/14/22.

AMNH space show Project Scientist: 7/1/08 - 5/1/09, 5/20/12 - 10/28/13, 9/24/18 - 2/20/20.

Chair, Review Committee, National Radio Astronomy Observatory Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives: 10/2017.

AMNH Big Bang Theatre show Project Scientist: 1/19/10 - 9/30/10.