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Faculty: Jason Smolinski

Jason Smolinski, Assistant Professor
Science Building 181

1734 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Areas of research


Educational background

  • BS in Physics with Astronomy concentration, Central Michigan University, 2005
  • MS in Astronomy & Astrophysics, Michigan State University, 2008
  • PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics, Michigan State University, 2011

Professional history

  • Assistant Professor, Calvin College, 2014-present
  • Assistant Professor, State University of New York College at Oneonta, 2011-2014

Research interests

My research interests specifically revolve around utilizing chemical information from stars to distinguish different populations of stars within individual globular star clusters. This is done using spectroscopic and/or photometric data from telescopes like the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and others, with the goal of resolving the nature and formation history of these stellar populations. Visit

Recent publications

“Big Bang: From Myths to Model”. J. P. Smolinski, Cognella Academic Publishing. San Diego, CA: January 2014 (Preliminary Edition)

“Building the Galactic Halo from Globular Clusters: Evidence from Chemically Unusual Red Giants.” S. L. Martell, J. P. Smolinski, T. C. Beers, and E. K. Grebel.  2011, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 534, A136

“A Survey of CN and CH Variations in Galactic Globular Clusters from SDSS Spectroscopy.” J. P. Smolinski, S. L. Martell, T. C. Beers, and Y. S. Lee.  2011, Astronomical Journal, 142, 126

“The SEGUE Stellar Parameter Pipeline.  IV.  Validation with an Extended Sample of Galactic Globular and Open Clusters.”  J. P. Smolinski, Y. S. Lee, T. C. Beers, D. An, S. J. Bickerton, J. A. Johnson, C. P. Loomis, C. M. Rockosi, T. Sivarani, and B. Yanny.  2011, Astronomical Journal, 141, 89


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Additional information

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