Carnegie Mellon University

Rachel Mandelbaum

Associate Professor

Astrophysics & Cosmology
Wean Hall 8402

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Prof. Rachel Mandelbaum

Education & Professional Experience

PhD: Princeton University (2006)

Honors and Awards:
Falco-DeBenedetti Career Development Professor (2013)
Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (2013)
DOE Early Career Award (2012)
AAS Annie Jump Cannon Prize (2011)
Hubble Fellow (2006)
Kusaka Memorial Prize, Princeton University (2000)


Indefinite Tenure, Carnegie Mellon University, 2016
Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014–
Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011–14
Visiting Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University, 2011–12
Post-doctoral Research: Princeton University, 2009–11
Post-doctoral Research: Institute for Advanced Study, 2006–09

Research Interests

My research interests are predominantly in the areas of observational cosmology and galaxy studies.  This work includes the use of weak gravitational lensing and other analysis techniques, with projects that range from development of improved data analysis methods, to actual application of such methods to existing data.  Currently, I am focusing on data from the SDSS (including SDSS-III and the ongoing SDSS-IV) and Hyper-SuprimeCam (HSC), and am working on upcoming surveys including LSST, Euclid, and WFIRST.

Recent Publications

Lanusse, F., Ma, Q., Li, N., Collett, T. E., Li, C.-L., Ravanbakhsh, S., Mandelbaum, R., and Poczos, B., CMU DeepLens: Deep Learning For Automatic Image-based Galaxy-Galaxy Strong Lens Finding. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 473:3895-3906 (2017)

Rhodes, J. et al. including Mandelbaum, R., Scientific Synergy between LSST and EuclidAstrophys. J. Supp., 233:21 (2017) 

Singh, S., Mandelbaum, R., Seljak, U., Slosar, A., and Vazquez Gonzalez, J., Galaxy-galaxy lensing estimators and their covariance propertiesMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 471:3827-3844 (2017)

Zu, Y., Mandelbaum, R., Simet, M., Rozo, E., and Rykoff, E. S., On the level of cluster assembly bias in SDSS, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 470:551–560 (2017)

Leauthaud, A., et al. including Mandelbaum, R., Lensing is low: cosmology, galaxy formation or new physics? Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 467:3024–3047 (2017)

Simet, M., Battaglia, N., Mandelbaum, R., and Seljak, U., Weak lensing calibration of mass bias in the REFLEX+BCS X-ray galaxy cluster catalogue, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 466:3663–3673 (2017)

Simet, M., McClintock, T., Mandelbaum, R., Rozo, E., Rykoff, E., Sheldon, E., and Wechsler, R. H., Weak lensing measurement of the mass-richness relation of SDSS redMaPPer clusters, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 466:3103–3118 (2017)

Chen, Y.-C., Ho, S., Mandelbaum, R., Bahcall, N. A., Brownstein, J. R., Freeman, P. E., Genovese, C. R., Schneider, D. P., and Wasserman, L., Detecting effects of filaments on galaxy properties in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 466:1880–1893 (2017)

Alam, S., Miyatake, H., More, S., Ho, S., and Mandelbaum, R., Testing gravity on large scales by combining weak lensing with galaxy clustering using CFHTLenS and BOSS CMASS, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 465:4853–4865 (2017)

Singh, S., Mandelbaum, R., and Brownstein, J. R., Cross-correlating Planck CMB lensing with SDSS: lensing-lensing and galaxy-lensing cross-correlations, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 464:2120–2138 (2017)

Miyaoka, K., et al. including Mandelbaum, R., Multiwavelength study of X-ray Luminous Clusters in the Hyper Suprime-Cam Subaru Strategic Program S16A field, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 70, SP1 S22 (2017)

Oguri, M., Miyazaki, S., Hikage, C., Mandelbaum, R., Utsumi, Y., et al., Two- and three-dimensional wide-field weak lensing mass maps from the Hyper Suprime-Cam Subaru Strategic Program S16A data. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 70, SP1 S26 (2017)

Bosch, J., et al. including Mandelbaum, R., The Hyper Suprime-Cam Software Pipeline, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 70, SP1 S5 (2017)

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