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.


Adam Burgasser to speak at Fleet Museum on Comet ISON


Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) is one of the most anticipated astronomical events this year, and it is now approaching perihelion when it will be brightest and its tail most developed.  This coming Tuesday morning, Cool Stars Lab PI will be joining other astronomers and scientists at the Reuben H. Fleet Museum for a public viewing of the comet and to answer questions about it. Let’s hope for clear skies!

Adam Burgasser visits Morehouse College in preparation for Summer Bridge Program


Cool Star Lab PI Adam Burgasser visited Morehouse College November 19th to meet with Physics faculty members, including Profs. Willie Rockward (left) and Aakhut Bat (right), and students, in preparation for this summer’s UCSD-Morehouse Physics Summer Bridge Program.  Three Morehouse students will be supported this year for an 8-week summer research and graduate training program at UC San Diego.   Adam gave on talk on brown dwarf astrophysics to Morehouse Physics majors, which can be seen on YouTube.