Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi named an IPAC Visiting Graduate Fellow


Graduate student Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi has earned an IPAC Visiting Graduate Student Fellowship for 2014.  She will be working with Dr. Chris Gelino at Caltech/IPAC for six months, analyzing Hubble Space Telescope images of late-type T and Y dwarfs identified by WISE.  Muchas felicidades Daniella!


Carl Melis wins Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Scholar Award

Dr. Carl Melis, NSF and CASS Postdoctoral Fellow, was named a recipient of the 2013-2014 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Scholar Award.  The award honors postdoctoral researchers who excel in research, demonstrate innovation and productivity, have a significant impact in their field, play a leadership role in mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, and show a strong service record on and off campus. Carl was specifically cited for his many research accomplishments, including his recent Nature result reporting a rapidly disappearing disk around a sun-like star; mentoring high school, undergraduate and graduate students at UCSD; and developing a new Astrophysics laboratory course for the department (Physics 164). He will receive a $1000 research award and be honored at a lunch reception on Sept. 13, 2013.

Project Planetaria to Perform at La Jolla Playhouse October 4-5

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Adam Burgasser’s science-art collaboration Project Planetaria will be presenting a new work, Our Star Will Die Alone, in two performances at the La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival, October 4-5 at 10:30pm. The site-specific piece will explore what it means to live the life of a star through a participatory performance, integrating data-driven elements that our rooted in our scientific understanding of stellar astrophysics. Audience members will witness the birth of our star, explore its fusion through hand-held custom electronic devices (“Project Planetaria Devices”) and listen to its chaotic, post-main sequence death throes with a heavy metal score based on stellar evolutionary calculations. Through sound, light, projection, and a death metal band, this performance will articulate the productive and destructive aspects of our primary source of light and energy.

Tickets ($15) can be purchased at Festival website: http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org/wowfestival/productions/star

You can follow the creative process in the production of this show here.

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.