Carl Melis’s Precision Distance Measurement of the Pleiades Makes the Cover of Science

F1.medium-1Carl Melis and collaborators have just published the most accurate distance measurement to the Pleiades Star Cluster – reported on the cover of Science magazine – and one conclusion stands out: Hipparcos was wrong.

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Carl Melis

Carl Melis is a research scientist affiliated with the Cool Star Lab.  Here’s his story as told by Christine Nicholls:

A California native, Carl Melis completed his undergraduate study at UCSD and his PhD in Astronomy at UCLA. After holding NSF and CASS postdoctoral fellowships at UCSD, Carl became an independent research scientist in 2013.  Carl’s research covers the birth, life, death, and re-birth of planetary systems. Carl is particularly interested in terrestrial planet systems, and studies these via their dusty disks around both young and old stars. His observational work covers a broad wavelength range from infrared to radio.

Carl is passionate about public science literacy and astronomy education, and is keenly involved in both. In his spare time, he loves hiking, and is a founding member of the California Peaks Club. He is also known for his terrible skills at finding cheap flights

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.

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.