- 9-15 Jul - 8th Meeting on Hot Subdwarf Stars in Krakow, Poland
- 21 Aug - Great American Eclipse!
- 2017 - begin support of Evryscope survey
- 1 Jun - GALEX hot subdwarf paper submitted to ApJ
- 1 Jun - white dwarf parallax paper accepted to ApJ
- 29 Apr - research talks at Southern Star 2017
- 2 Mar - colloquium talk at Central Michigan University
- 23 Dec - featured on 365 Days of Astronomy podcast
- 16 Dec - submitted biomusic paper to Marine Ecology Progress Series
- 15 Dec - paper on massive OB binaries accepted to Astronomy & Astrophysics
- 15 Dec - paper on sdBV EC 22221-3152 accepted to PASP
- 4 Nov - Friday research talk at Carbon
- 3-5 Nov - attended PhysCon
- 31 Oct - submitted paper on EC 22221-3152 to PASP
- 29 Oct - gave interview for 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast
- 29 Oct - invited research talk at Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies meeting
- 30 Sep - HPUniverse Day 2016
- 29 Sep - invited colloquium talk and public lecture at Davidson College
- 4-5 Aug - 2-night observing run on SOAR/Goodman w/ A. Vasquez and R. Hegedus
- 10-16 Jul - served as coordinator at ERIRA
- 7-8 Jun - 2-night observing run on SOAR/Goodman w/ P. Clancy, A. Vasquez, and R. Hegedus
- Jun/Jul - worked with A. Vasquez and R. Hegedus in SuRPS program
- 30 May - 6 Jun - 7-night observing run on CTIO 0.9-m w/ P. Clancy, A. Vasquez, and R. Hegedus
- 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 - 2-night observing run on SOAR/Goodman w/ R Hegedus
- 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
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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. If you’re interested in piano recordings or original music for weddings/short films/etc., send me an email!
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Padraig Clancy, Ryan Hegedus, and Alan Vasquez 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 and 4.1-m SOAR Telescope. Check out a video compilation of our trip below.
During the summer of 2016, Thomas Boudreaux worked with astronomer Dr. Scott Fleming at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, MD on archival data from GALEX, an orbiting ultraviolet (UV) space telescope that imaged a large fraction of the night sky. He spent several weeks using a Python package called gPhoton and writing his own code to extract light curves for 1000s of hot subdwarf stars from the GALEX database.
Above: Thomas in front of a model of the James Webb Space Telescope at STScI
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:
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