- 2016 - begin support of Evryscope survey
- 30 May - 6 Jun - observing run on CTIO 0.9-m
- 7-8 Jun - observing run on SOAR/Goodman
- 10-16 Jul - serving as coordinator at ERIRA
- 29 Sep - invited colloquium talk at Davidson College
- 29 Oct - invited research talk at Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies meeting
- 5 May - UNC-TV featured our pulsating white dwarf discovery from our Fall 2015 Chile trip!
- 22 Apr - invited colloquium talk at Florida Institute of Technology
- 5 Apr - invited colloquium talk at Georgia State University
- 30-31 Mar - observing run on SOAR/Goodman
- 10 Mar - UNC-TV featured our team's NASA Micro-g NExT asteroid chipper!
- 5 Mar - research presentation at TriStar
- 29 Feb - paper on RV-variable, post-ABG stars published in A&A
- 5-9 Jan - attended and presented research at 227th AAS meeting in Kissimmee, FL with T. Boudreaux, A. Vasquez, and R. Catalan
- 5 Jan - paper on RV-variable, hot post-AGB paper accepted to A&A
- 14 Nov - SNCURCS
- 17-25 Oct - observing run on the CTIO 0.9-m in Chile
- 3 Oct - gave EREBOS presentation at 2015 NCAM
- 18 Sept - held second annual HPUniverse Day event, which had around 1000 visitors!
- 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
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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. If you are interested in doing astronomy research, please check out our group's research page 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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Alan Vasquez 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. During the week, they discovered a new pulsating DA white dwarf (DAV) that will hopefully be observed further with NASA's Kepler satellite. Check out a video compilation of our trip here.
Above: Vasquez, Filik, and Barlow at CTIO
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. UNC-TV featured a segment highlighting the work! Check out the video below:
Check out the astrophysics group members page