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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