Morehouse Fellow Christian Aganze Wins Poster Award at SACNAS

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Christian Aganze, a Morehouse-UCSD Bridge Fellow working in the Cool Star Lab, won a poster award at the 2014 National Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native American Scientists (SACNAS).  Christian won the award for his presentation of work done this summer to investigate the mysterious nature of GJ 660.1B, a cool companion to the nearby M0 dwarf GJ 660.1.  Using data in the SpeX Prism Library and published spectral index relations, Christian has found that this source is either very young or metal poor, but careful inspection supports the latter hypothesis.  This makes GJ 660.1B a new benchmark for metal-poor very low mass dwarfs, and is a cautionary tale for index-based gravity measures.

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Congratulations Christian!

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 visits Morehouse College in preparation for Summer Bridge Program

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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.

Adam Burgasser awarded funds to pursue Bridge Program with Morehouse College

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Adam Burgasser has been awarded 3 years of funding to implement a Physics bridge program with Morehouse College, a historically black college for men in Atlanta, GA.  Awarded under the UC-HBCU Initiative run by the UC Office of the President, the grant will support 3-5 undergraduate interns from Morehouse over the next 3 years, to pursue summer research at UCSD, receive training in research skills and GRE test preparation, and learn about graduate research in Physics.  Funds are also allocated for faculty exchanges between UCSD and Morehouse, and student support for research conferences.  Students selected for this program who then apply and are accepted into any UC graduate degree program will also receive tuition support.  Adam will be partnering with Dr. Willie Rockward, chair of the Morehouse Department of Physics and Dual-Degree Engineering.  The first class will be selected in November 2013.