- 29 Jul - attending Spitz Summer Institute
- Aug - Culp Planetarium opens!
- 15 Jul - became member of Sigma Xi
- 23 Jul - first major EREBOS survey paper accepted for publication in A&A.
- 10 Jul - submitted Astro2020 white paper on a sustainable OIR system (Oey et al. 2019)
- 22-29 Jun - attended sdOB9 with Nathan Grinalds and Kyle Corcoran
- 20 Jun - awarded TESS Guest Investigator proposal approved!
- 6-8 Jun - NOAO observing run on SOAR/Goodman
- 8 May - invited talk @ Forsyth Astronomical Society
- Mar/Apr - Kyle Corcoran and Thomas Boudreaux accepted to multiple PhD programs in astronomy!
- 6-13 - collaborator Veronika Schaffenroth (U. of Potsdam) visited
- 27 Feb - submitted TESS Cycle 2 Guest Investigator proposal (with Kyle Corcoran & JJ Hermes)
- 12 Mar - invited talk @ Large Surveys with Small Telescopes meeting (Bamberg, Germany)
- 27 Feb - SOAR/Goodman observing night w/ K. Corcoran and S. Walser
- 2 Feb - TED-style talk at HPU Family Weekend
- 1 Feb - paper published in MNRAS on P-q relation of wide sdB+MS binaries
- 18 Jan - invited talk at the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers' Club
- 6-11 Jan - T. Boudreaux, K. Corcoran, and S. Walswer attend and present at the 233rd AAS Meeting
- 12 Dec - awarded NOAO time on SOAR/Goodman for EREBOS
- 4 Dec - invited talk for Astronomy on Tap Triangle
- 30 Oct - paper on P-q relation of wide sdB+MS binaries (PI J. Vos) accepted for publication in MNRAS
- 29 Sep - HPUniverse Day 2018
- 7 Sep - Todd Henry (GSU) spoke on RECONS as our first colloquium series speaker
- 20 Aug - received a $349,621 NSF/AST grant to work on sdB+dM/BD binaries and start an astronomy service learning course
- 31 Jul - 3 Aug - attended 2018 Spitz Institute for planetarium training
- 27 Jul - submitted paper to MNRAS on the period-mass ratio relation of long-period hot subdwarfs (PI: J. Vos)
- 18 Jul - Thomas Boudreaux named Portz Scholar
- 27 Jun - Kyle Corcoran and Thomas Boudreaux were featured on WXII for their discovery of several new DAVs
- 16-23 May - observing run at the CTIO/SMARTS 0.9-m telescope in Chile w/ T. Boudreaux, K. Corcoran
- 5 May - Research group members Alan Vasquez Soto and Zack Hutchens graduated from HPU.
- 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
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Above: May 2018 observing run at CTIO
Welcome! I joined the Department of Physics at High Point University in 2013, after moving back to NC from a two-year postdoc in PA. I thoroughly enjoy working with our students and my colleagues, and I am proud of what our small-but-mighty department has accomplished over the past six years.
Our astrophysics research group focuses on pulsating stars, eclipsing binary stars, and evolved stellar objects, including white dwarfs, hot subdwarfs, gamma-ray bursts, and neutron stars. As a primary member of the SMARTS Consortium, we frequencly use the CTIO/SMARTS 0.9-m and 1.5-m telescopes, both on Cerro Tololo in Chile. We also utilize the robitic Skynet telescopes (in collaborations with Dan Reichart) and light curves from the Evryscope (in collaboration with Nick Law). 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, writing music, running, and hanging out with my daughter Clare and wife Jenn.
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Kyle Corcoran, Nathan Grinalds, and I attended and presented research results at the Ninth Meeting of Hot Subdwarfs and Related Objects in Hendaye, France.
Above:Grinalds, Barlow, and Corcoran at the conference venue.
Kyle Corcoran and Stephen Walser help discover a new deeply eclipsing hot subdwarf binary with SOAR/Goodman!
Above: New eclipsing hot subdwarf + red dwarf system
Thomas Boudreaux, Kyle Corcoran, and Stephen Walser present research results at the 233rd American Astronomical Society Meeting in Seattle, WA
Above: Kyle, Stephen, and Thomas in front of the HPUniverse Day poster.
Kyle Corcoran and Thomas Boudreaux travelled to Chile with me in May 2018 to help observing new candidate pulsating white dwarfs identified from the Gaia spacecraft by collaborator JJ Hermes. Altogether, they found 8 new pulsators!
HPU Astro Group members Zack Hutchens and Alan Vasquez graduated from HPU in May 2018. They are both headed to UNC-Chapel Hill to pursue their PhDs in physics, with concentrations in astrophysics.
Above: Zack (left) and Alan (right) after graduation.
Thomas Boudreaux was named a 2018 Goldwater Scholar! The Goldwater program is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious scholarships in the natural sciences.
Above: Thomas on the HPU promenade.
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.