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.

Jason Morpeth speaks at the UCSD Undergraduate Research Conference

Jason Morpeth was one of 3 Physics majors to present their work at the 26th UCSD Undergraduate Research Conference on April 26th, 2013.  Jason’s talk “To Catch a Brown Dwarf” explained how he took a benchmark sample of L0-L5 dwarfs and applied various papers’ selection criteria to this sample to quantify both the reliability (fraction of sources recovered) and contamination rate (factor of additional sources uncovered within 60′ of each L dwarf).  He found fairly pronounced differences between the samples, and was able to produce a hybrid set of criteria that greatly decreased sample contamination while maintaining reasonable reliability (>70%).  Jason’s work is the starting point for optimized selection criteria using multiple surveys, possibly through machine learning techniques.

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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.

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Carl Melis speaks in the UCSD Astrophysics Seminar

Dr. Carl Melis, CASS and NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, will be giving the UCSD Astrophysics Seminar on Wednesday April 24th at 4pm in the Marlar Seminar Room.  Carl will speak about his research measuring an accurate distance to Pleiades stars using radio astrometry.

Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi to give CASS Journal Club

Graduate student Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi will be speaking about her research on very low mass spectral binaries at our CASS Journal Club this Friday April 26th at 12pm in the Marlar Seminar Room.