Dr. Kevin C. Cooke

University of Kansas

Research Topics

I study the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe. These are elliptical galaxies which live in the centers of galaxy clusters. Their pasts are extensively modelled, but are not well observed. Many observations have placed their growth at different times in the universe, and I wish to investigate exactly when they grow to become the behemoths we see in the present day.

I also investigate the importance of active galactic nuclei. These dust-enshrouded supermassive black holes can dramatically change their host galaxies due to their luminous output. Understanding how these objects shut down local star formation is critical for galaxy evolution.

Lecture Topics

Due to my variety of interests, I have been invited to educate others in topics directly related to astrophysics as well as supporting topics such as human spaceflight and science advocacy. If you are interested in hearing me speak, I have lectures prepared for the topics listed below.

  • Stellar Mass Growth of Brightest Cluster Galaxy Progenitors
  • The Star Formation History of the Universe
  • The Commercial Space Race: From Shuttle Retirement to Commercial Spaceflight
  • Early Space Flight History: Jules Verne to Project Mercury
  • How Science is Paid For: The Federal Government & You

Science Advocacy

Contrary to our first order methodology, astronomers don't work in a vacuum. Our funding depends on scientific expertise being supplied to policy makers, as well as ensuring the voting public is educated and involved. I wish to continue my interest in science policy in the future.