- Aug 2015 - begin support of Evryscope survey
- 18 Sept - HPUniverse Day 2015! Come join us for an evening of science, space, and beyond!
- Aug 2015 - travelled to NASA's Johnson Space Center to help HPU Panther CLAWS team test asteroid chipper
- 19-25 Jul 2015 - attended, gave presentation at, and served as session moderator for the 7th meeting on hot subdwarf stars and related object in Oxford, UK
- 26 May - 17 Jul 2015 - summer research program SuRPS at HPU!
- 19 Jun - presented hypervelocity star research to the Greensboro Astronomy Club
- 5 Jun - awarded time on the LCOGT Network for work on HW Vir systems!
- 1 Jun - paper on our discovery of the 12th-known double neutron star binary published in the Astrophysical Journal
- 19/20 Mar - observing run on SOAR telescope with incoming physics major Thomas Boudreaux
- 16 Feb - paper on our discovery of a pulsating hot subdwarf in an eclipsing binary accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics
- 13 Feb - paper presenting catalogue of MUCHFUSS RV variables accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics
- 26 Jan - gave colloquium talk at University of Richmond as part of their Gottwald Science Speaker Series
- 20 Jan - submitted paper to Astronomy & Astrophysics on a new HW Vir system with pulsating sdB primary
- 15 Jan - paper on MUCHFUSS binaries accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics
- 18 Dec - NOAO proposal awarded observing time on SOAR/Goodman
- 2-5 Nov - served in a NASA Astrophysics proposal review
- 27 Oct - submitted paper on binary hot subdwarf stars to A&A with collaborators
- 18 Oct - got hitched!
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Image Credit: Aaron Titus
Above: May 2013 observing run at Kitt Peak National Observatory
Welcome to my site! I joined the Department of Physics at High Point University in 2013 and am ecstatic to be here! My research focuses primarily on pulsating stars, eclipsing binary stars, and evolved stellar objects, including white dwarfs, hot subdwarfs, gamma-ray bursts, and neutron stars. On occassion, I work with NASA's Swift satellite and follow-up on Gamma-Ray Bursts. I'm also assisting a group at UNCG on a biomusic project to acoustically map the MesoAmerican reef using several hydrophones. If you are interested in doing research with me, please check out my research pages and send me an email to set up a meeting!
Aside from research, I enjoy teaching/public outreach, playing the piano, composing music, road cycling, and watching movies. When not in front of a computer, I can often be found experimenting with new themes at the piano or learning how to play the banjo. If you’re interested in piano recordings or original music for weddings/short films/etc., send me an email!
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In August 2015, the HPU Panther CLAWS team travelled to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston to test an asteroid chipping tool they had built in response to NASA's Micro-g NExT challenge. Participating students included Hallie Stidham, Jake Brooks, Michael Cantor, Matt Iczkowski, and Simeon Simeonides. Their device was successful at chipping and was inspected by several NASA engineers at the end of the week due to its clever design.
Above: HPU Panther CLAWS team at NASA-JSC's NBL facility
Check out the astro student research page
Rodrigo Catalan-Hurtado is monitoring the velocities of HD 318015, a double-lined spectroscopic binary star system, as part HPU's inaugural SuRPS program. Once he measures the velocities, he will be able to solve for all of the parameters describing this luminous binary. The GIF below shows one of the Helium absorption lines moving (redshifted, blueshifted) as the two stars orbit one another.
Above: Variations of the He i 6677 Angstrom line due to orbital motion.
Tyler Hockett, Aaron Marlowe, and Eugene Filik travelled to Chile with me in May to help observe pulsating hot subdwarfs, white dwarfs, and binary star systems using the 0.9-m SMARTS telescope. Check out a video compilation of our trip here.
Above: Filik, Marlowe, and Hockett at the 4-meter BLANCO telescope
HPU physics majors Aaron Marlowe and Sam Gordon used the robotic PROMPT telescopes to monitor the progress of Comet ISON as it approached the Sun in November. They were hoping to continue tracking the comet after its perhelion passage, but the destruction of ISON changed their plans..
Above: Comet ISON observations made by Marlowe and Gordon with PROMPT