Project Planetaria reviews its first 2 years

Screen shot 2014-04-27 at 11.01.34 PMThe Project Planetaria collaboration between Cool Star Lab PI Adam Burgasser, Theatre Arts faculty Tara Knight, and Visual Arts faculty Michael Trigilio, recently gave a talk at the Center for the Humanities describing their first two years. This included a description of two major installations, Solar Variations and Our Star Will Die Alone, and the TDDE 131: Project Planetaria class held in Spring 2013.  Future plans and spinoffs from this collaboration were also described, including the New Horizons Message and Galaxy Gardens projects with Jon Lomberg and Embody Physics.

Slides from the presentation can be found at this link.

Aishwarya Iyer selected for Caltech SURF Program


Congratulations to undergraduate researcher Aishwarya Iyer, who has been selected to participate in the Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program this coming summer.  Aisha, who is analyzing Spitzer monitoring images of the TWA 30AB system, will be working with Dr. Pieter Deroo at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Systematically exploring new worlds around other stars with NESSI.


Cool Star Lab & UCSD Physics Connect with STEAM at the First STE[+a]mConnect Conference at Qualcomm


On Friday March 28th, Dianna Cowern and Adam Burgasser from the Cool Star Lab, and UCSD Physics students Evan Grohs, Daniel Gonzalez and Neil Sapra, participated in the first STE[+a]MConnect conference held at Qualcomm.  A collaborative effort between UCSD Extension and KDR PR, this inaugural event of the STEAMConnect network featured speakers, musical and dance entertainment, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programs, with the aims of forging new partnerships in art and science and identifying actions to “turn great ideas into reality in and out of our classrooms.”

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Congratulations to Melisa Tallis, Recipient of the Dynes Summer Research Scholarship


Melisa Tallis, a second-year undergraduate student working on identifying young brown dwarfs in the SpeX Prism Library, has been awarded the Summer URS Robert C. Dynes and Ann Parode Dynes Physics Research Scholarship for 2014.  Named after former UCSD faculty member and UC President Robert Dynes, this competitive scholarship supports a Physics major for summer research at UCSD.  Melisa is also currently participating in the Faculty Mentor Program. Congratulations on the award Melisa!

Adam Burgasser receives UCSD Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award

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Adam Burgasser was awarded UCSD’s 2014 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award at a ceremony held on February 18th. The award is given to individuals, departments, and organizational units who have made outstanding efforts to further diversity, equal opportunity, and affirmative action at UCSD. Adam was specifically honored for his work with summer outreach programs, contributions to advancing women and minorities in astronomy and physics, and his recently awarded Morehouse-UCSD UC-HBCU program.