Adam Burgasser awarded funds to pursue Bridge Program with Morehouse College

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Adam Burgasser has been awarded 3 years of funding to implement a Physics bridge program with Morehouse College, a historically black college for men in Atlanta, GA.  Awarded under the UC-HBCU Initiative run by the UC Office of the President, the grant will support 3-5 undergraduate interns from Morehouse over the next 3 years, to pursue summer research at UCSD, receive training in research skills and GRE test preparation, and learn about graduate research in Physics.  Funds are also allocated for faculty exchanges between UCSD and Morehouse, and student support for research conferences.  Students selected for this program who then apply and are accepted into any UC graduate degree program will also receive tuition support.  Adam will be partnering with Dr. Willie Rockward, chair of the Morehouse Department of Physics and Dual-Degree Engineering.  The first class will be selected in November 2013.

Adam Burgasser elected co-lead of LSST working group on Low-mass Stars and the Solar Neighborhood

Adam Burgasser has been elected as one of two lead organizers for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) science working group on Low-mass Stars and the Solar Neighborhood.  A member of the LSST Science Team since 2009, Adam will work with George State University colleague Todd Henry to define science goals and opportunities using what will be the most productive monitoring telescope ever created, capable of imaging the entire available sky every few nights. Construction for LSST is expected to begin in 2014.

Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi awarded Friends of the International Center Scholarship

Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi has been awarded a Friends of the International Center Graduate Scholarship for 2013-2014.  In her application, she describes her personal goal to promote science and scientific development in her home country of Peru.

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Alumna Jacqueline Faherty earns prestigious Hubble Fellowship

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Jacqueline Faherty, a Cool Star Lab PhD graduate who is currently an NSF International Postdoctoral Fellow at Universidad de Chile, has been selected as one of 17 Hubble Fellows in 2013.  One of the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowships awarded in astronomy, the Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports outstanding postdoctoral scientists whose research is broadly related to NASA Cosmic Origins scientific goals as addressed by any of the missions in that program: the Herschel Space Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope (HST), James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Lab PI Adam Burgasser was also a Hubble Fellow (2001-2004), as was one of his PhD advisors Michael Brown (1994-1997).  This makes Jackie one of the few “Hubble grandchildren”.