Dianna Cowern Participates in BeWiSE Overnighter

Cool Star Lab Outreach Coordinator Dianna Cowern participated in the BeWiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering) overnight camp on April 18th at the Scripps Birch Aquarium.

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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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Dianna Cowern and UCSD Physics Students Demonstrate Physics at the San Diego Science Festival


Outreach coordinator Dianna Cowern led a crew of UCSD physics undergraduate and graduate students through a full-day outreach marathon at the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering Expo on March 22nd.  The Expo brought together some 27,000 members of the public to play with all things STEM.  The physicists shared a wide range of hands-on demonstrations on angular momentum, gyroscopic motion, fluid mechanics, sound and vibration, and electrostatics.

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Cool Star Lab Brings the Stars to Logan Heights Library

On March 17th, San Diegans county-wide got a chance to look up at the stars with the help of astronomers from many of our colleges and astronomy clubs.  Organized by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and part of the annual San Diego Science Festival, Astronomy Night was a chance to bring the Universe down to Earth.

Adam Burgasser was one of the guides, setting up at the Logan Heights Public Library just east of downtown around 7pm.  Using the CASS Celestron 10″ teaching telescope, kids, parents and community members had the opportunity (in many cases, for the first time) to see the bands and moons of Jupiter, “baby stars” in Orion, and the sister stars in the Pleiades.  While skies were pretty obscured by city lights, the telescope and several Galileoscopes provided a chance to pierce the glow and view our starry heavens.


Fleet staff Eileen Best and Adam Burgasser at the end of Astronomy Night (photo by Desiree Nash).

Cool Star Lab Participates in First Vista STEMFest

On March 11th, members of the Cool Star Lab, along with UCSD Physics undegraduate and graduate students and other UCSD groups, participated in the first Vista STEM Fest at Washington Middle School in Vista.  We had a three-table booth full of demonstrations on sound, vibration, electricity, fluid dynamics, thin films, and rotational motion, and we even had a telescope out to view Jupiter, Orion and the Moon. Organized by teachers in the Vista Unified School District to engage students and the community on the excitement of science and engineering, the STEM fest looks to be a new tradition for San Diego.

Thank you to all of our student volunteers!