My name's Manuel J. Perez III, and I am currently a second-year MA graduate student, teacher, and researcher in the Department of Astronomy at Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, CT. Previously, I graduated with a BMus. in Composition & Saxophone Performance, with minors in Physics & Mathematics, at the University of Redlands, located in Redlands, CA.
Currently, I am researching Type 2 Seyfert galaxies in an effort to find the elusive "True" Type 2 Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) that might populate the Sloan Digital Sky Survey & Chandra X-ray Observatory catalogs, all in an effort to either reinforce or contest the commonly-accepted Unified Model for Quasars/AGN.
Previously, my research included creating data pipelines for star-forming galaxy AAT spectra in support of LADUMA, as well as light pollution modeling for metropolitan areas in the United States.
Other research interests include observational and theoretical work in galaxy formation & evolution, black hole dynamics (from intermediate-mass to super-massive), and machine learning applications in astronomy at large.
Equity & Inclusion, Teaching, and Outreach
I believe in responsible, conscious decisions to improve the access of scientific knowledge for all people. In order to achieve this, I have focused my efforts in promoting the visibility of underrepresented minorities in STEM on social media platforms, as well as offer educational services to these same groups at no cost. I have experience teaching music technology programs at both the K-12 and collegiate levels, as well as many years of tutoring collegiate-level STEM courses.