- Sep 2018 - HPUniverse Day 2018
- 16-23 May - observing run at the CTIO/SMARTS 0.9-m telescope in Chile w/ T. Boudreaux, K. Corcoran
- 31 Mar - Thomas Boudreaux named 2018 Goldwater Scholar
- 19 Feb - colloquium @ UNC
- 8-12 Jan - attended 231st AAS Meeting in Washington, D.C. with Boudreaux, Clancy, Corcoran, Hutchens, and Vasquez Soto
- 29 Dec - Hutchens' CS 1246 paper published in Open Astronomy
- 29 Dec - Boudreaux's deep learning paper published in Open Astronomy
- 29 Dec - published first EREBOS paper in Open Astronomy
- 27 Oct - colloquium @ ECU
- 25 Oct - speaker at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont Little Moments Luncheon
- 30 Sep - HPUniverse Day 2017
- 15 Sep - speaking at Voyager Golden Record 40th anniversary concert
- 9-15 Jul - attended the 8th Meeting on Hot Subdwarf Stars in Krakow, Poland with Boudreaux, Clancy, Hutchens
- 28 Jun - Boudreaux's GALEX hot subdwarf paper accepted to ApJ
- 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
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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. 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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