Engineering Science & Physics
Ph.D., UCLA (Astronomy & Astrophysics)
M.S., UCLA (Astronomy & Astrophysics)
B.S., University of Pittsburgh (Physics & Astronomy)
B.A., University of Pittsburgh (German)
Biography / Academic Interests
Professor Rice’s research focuses on the astrophysical properties of the lowest mass stars, gas giant planets around nearby stars, and brown dwarfs, which are intermediate between stars and planets. Her research methods combine observational and synthetic spectroscopy in order to infer the physical properties of these objects from state-of-the-art atmosphere models.
In addition to research and teaching, Professor Rice is committed to outreach and communicating science to the public. She gives public lectures at the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History and at other venues throughout the greater NYC area. She has worked at the Davis Planetarium (Maryland Science Center), the UCLA Planetarium, Griffith Observatory, and the California Science Center.
Professor Rice grew up in Rochester, NY and attended college at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Ph.D. at UCLA with Professor Ian S. McLean and was a postdoctoral researcher for two years with Ben R. Oppenheimer at the American Museum of Natural History before joining the faculty at the College of Staten Island.
Scholarship / Publications
E.L. Rice, J. Faherty, K. Cruz, et al. 2011, Juvenile Ultracool Dwarfs, 16th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems, and the Sun. ASP Conference Series, Vol. 448, C.M. Johns-Krull, M.K. Browning, & A.A. West, eds. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2012, p.481
E.L. Rice, J. Faherty, & K. Cruz, 2010, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 715, 165, The Lowest- mass Member of the ? Pictoris Moving Group, http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010ApJ...715L.165R
E.L. Rice, T. Barman, I.S. McLean, L. Prato, & J.D. Kirkpatrick, 2010, Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 186, 63, Physical Properties of Young Brown Dwarfs and Very Low Mass Stars Inferred from High-Resolution Model Spectra, http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010ApJS..186...63R
L. Prato, E.L. Rice & T.M. Dame, 2008, in Handbook of Star Forming Regions, Volume I: The Northern Sky, Bo Reipurth, ed., San Francisco: ASP Conference Series, Where are all the Young Stars in Aquila?, http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008hsf1.book...18P
I.S. McLean, L. Prato, M.R. McGovern, A.J. Burgasser, J.D. Kirkpatrick, E.L. Rice, & S.S. Kim, 2007, Astrophysical Journal, 658, 1217, The NIRSPEC Brown Dwarf Spectroscopic Survey II: High-Resolution J-Band Spectra of M, L, and T dwarfs, http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2007ApJ...658.1217M
E.L. Rice, L. Prato, & I.S. McLean, 2006, Astrophysical Journal, 647, 432, An Association in the Aquila Star-Forming Region: High Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy of T Tauri Stars, http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2006ApJ...647..432R