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Barbara J. Anthony-Twarog

Emerita Professor
Primary office:
2058B Malott Hall


Professional Background

1994-2018: Professor, University of Kansas
1988-1994: Associate Professor, University of Kansas
1982-1988: Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
1980-1982: Visiting Instructor, University of Texas, Austin


1981: Ph.D., Astronomy, Yale University
1977: M.S., Astronomy, Yale University
1975: B.S., Physics, University of Notre Dame


My area of research is in observational astronomy and astrophysics. Bruce Twarog and I have concentrated on the application of precision photometry with intermediate-bandwidth optical filters and high-dispersion spectroscopy to understand stellar and galactic evolution. In recent years our emphasis has been on improving the fundamental data for open clusters within the disk of the Galaxy.


  • Member, Sigma Pi Sigma
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member, International Astronomical Union
  • Member, American Astronomical Society
  • Member, Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Selected Awards & Honors

  • 2016: Chancellor's Club Career Teaching Award
  • 2011: One of 150 Kansas scientists chosen by Ad Astra Kansas to celebrate "Science in Kansas: 150 years and counting" 2004  University of Kansas Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2004-2005: University of Kansas Woman of Distinction
  • 1995: Kansas Women's Hall of Fame 
  • 1995: University of Notre Dame Alumni Award: Woman of Distinction
  • 1993: KU Department of Physics & Astronomy Undergraduate Teaching Award

Department Communications
Paper of the Week

Baldenegro Barrera, Baringer, Bean, Boren, Bowen, Bylinkin, Isidori, Khalil, King, Krintiras, Kropivnitskaya, Lindsey, Majumder, Mcbrayer, Minafra, Murray, Rogan, Royon, Sanders, Schmitz, Tapia Takaki, Wilson & CMS Collaboration

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