Jean Turner

Jean Turner

Office: PAB 3-941
Phone: (310) 825-4305, (310) 825-3440
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Educational Background: 


A.B. Radcliffe College, Harvard University 

Ph.D. UC Berkeley 

Positions Held: 

Before joining UCLA as professor she worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as a Center Postdoctoral Fellow. She has been a Visiting Scientist at Caltech, Space Telescope, and the Joint ALMA Observatory. She has contributed to the development and commissioning of two millimeter and submillimeter telescopes. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Research Interest: 
Department chair Jean Turner is an extragalactic astronomer specializing in the study of star formation.
The aim of her research is to study how stars form from molecular clouds and how they impact/disperse these clouds through observations of spectral lines from molecular gas surrounding the youngest, deeply embedded star-forming regions. To see this gas, one observes in the infrared and radio portions of the spectrum. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a favorite molecule, with bright and easily excited spectral lines visible at millimeter/submillimeter wavelengths, as is hydrogen cyanide (HCN). She has observed with many telescopes, including the Hat Creek Array, the Very Large Array, and the Submillimeter Array, In her most recent work she has used the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the Keck Telescopes.