- 18 Oct - getting married!
- 4 Oct - gave research talk at the 2014 North Carolina Astronomers Meeting at GTCC
- 19 Sep - department hosted approximately 1500 visitors at our astronomy outreach event, HPUniverse Day! (19 Sept.)
- 9 Sep - gave talk on exoplanets to the Kernersville Astronomy Club
- 22 Aug - submitted paper on a binary pulsar system to ApJL with students Marlowe, Filik, and Hockett
- 22 Jul - gave research talk to the Forsyth Astronomical Society (at SciWorks)
- 11 Jun - Stephen Vultaggio featured on HPU's Facebook page in Undergraduate Research Video
- 1 Jun - the HPU Department of Physics turned 1 year old!
- 15-16 May - attended international conference on the next decade with the SOAR telescope at UNC
- 3-10 May - observing trip to Chile with HPU students Eugene Filik, Tyler Hockett, and Aaron Marlowe. Check out pictures from our trip here
- 25 Apr - Eugene Filik receives UCRW grant for SMARTS data collection!
- 15 Apr - interviewed about the Lunar Eclipse Tetrad by Time Warner Cable News
- 25 Mar - gave research presentation to the Forsyth Astronomical Society at Sciworks
- 4 Mar - proposed to the love of my life
- 14-16 Feb - performed in the 3rd Annual HPU Spring Dance Concert
- 12 Feb - presented colloquium at Wake Forest University during blizzard
- 1 Feb - gave presentation on "zombie stars" during HPU's Family Weekend
- 5-8 Jan - presented research at the 223rd American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, D.C. with Stephen Vultaggio
- 2 Jan - paper accepted to Astronomy & Astrophysics on 8 close hot subdwarf binary stars with periods from 2 hours to 10 days
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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. 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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Check out the astro student research page
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
- Mr. Stephen Vultaggio
Since August 2013, Stephen has been using the PROMPT telescopes to carry out a survey for new pulsating hot subdwarf B stars. After looking at only 20 candidates, he has already found a strong candidate for a new pulsator. He recently presented his research at the 223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington, D.C. His poster abstract may now be read on NASA/ADS.