Gardens of the Galaxy: Art of Science Learning Play Day!

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The Cool Star Lab and volunteers from the Physics Dept. created its second public installation of a Pop-Up Galaxy Garden during the July 24th Art of Science Learning (AoSL) Play Day in Balboa Park. We were granted a prime site for this event, right in the middle of the historic Plaza de Panama in front of the San Diego Museum of Art. The event, organized by AoSL’s Nan Renner and funded by the Museum of Art and Panama 66, aimed to bring together educators and education enthusiasts from around the region to learn about and play with each other’s projects, and make connections.

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Cool Star Lab Introduces Students from Across Latin America to the Joy of Physics

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Members of the Cool Star Lab were part of a contingent of 16 Physics undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, teachers and faculty who facilitated a morning of physics demonstrations, circuit building and LN2 ice cream, as part of the Institute of the Americas Science & Innovation Camp.  40 high-school students from across Latin and South America were selected to participate in this two-week residential camp at the Institute of the Americas, receiving classroom and field instruction from Spanish-speaking teachers, with conducting projects focused on innovation and evaluation of scientific and technological responses to climate change.

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Cool Star Lab Presents at Cool Stars Conference

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Adam Burgasser and Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi were among hundreds of attendees at the 18th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun, held in Flagstaff, AZ, June 8-13.  This biennial conference highlights the latest research in low-temperature, low-mass stars and brown dwarfs, and this year had its fair share of exciting results in both observation and theory.

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Adam Burgasser Awarded UCSD Outstanding Mentor of the Year

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Adam Burgasser was one of two awardees at the 2014 Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award, in a ceremony held during the FMP Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 28th. Adam was nominated by undergraduate researchers Aishwarya Iyer and Melissa Tallis, both members of the Cool Star Lab who presented at the Symposium. The Outstanding Mentor Award is selected based on student testimonials, innovative or unusual mentoring practices, and other considerations, such as the number of mentees served and years of service as a mentor to undergraduates.  The other award winner was Alan Daly in the Department of Education Studies. Adam is extremely honored by this award, and so appreciative to Aisha & Melisa for the nomination!

Cool Star Undergrads Present Work at UCSD Research Conference

14003454126_1eac67154c_mAishwarya Iyer and Melisa Tallis both presented 15 minute talks on their research work today at the 27th Annual UCSD Undergraduate Research Conference.  The conference recognizes outstanding scholarly work produced by UC San Diego undergraduates, and all participating students are nominated by faculty who have judged their work to be outstanding. Aisha presented her work on Spitzer monitoring of the TWA 30AB system (“Mid-infrared Variability of the Low Mass Stellar Binary TWA 30 A and B”); Melisa presented her work searching for young brown dwarfs in the SpeX Prism Spectral Library (“Identifying Young Brown Dwarfs Near the Sun”).

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