Old News, Reports, and Updates

  • 2016

  • 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
  • 5 Jan - paper on RV-variable, hot post-AGB paper accepted to A&A
  • 2015

  • 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
  • 26 May - 17 Jul 2015 - summer research program SuRPS at HPU!
  • 19 Jun - presented hypervelocity star research to the Greensboro Astronomy Club
  • 5 Jun - awarded time on the LCOGT Network for work on HW Vir systems!
  • 1 Jun - paper on our discovery of the 12th-known double neutron star binary published in the Astrophysical Journal
  • 19/20 Mar - observing run on SOAR telescope with incoming physics major Thomas Boudreaux
  • 16 Feb - paper on our discovery of a pulsating hot subdwarf in an eclipsing binary accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • 13 Feb - paper presenting catalogue of MUCHFUSS RV variables accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • 26 Jan - gave colloquium talk at University of Richmond as part of their Gottwald Science Speaker Series
  • 20 Jan - submitted paper to Astronomy & Astrophysics on a new HW Vir system with pulsating sdB primary
  • 15 Jan - paper on MUCHFUSS binaries accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • 2014

  • 18 Dec - NOAO proposal awarded observing time on SOAR/Goodman
  • 2-5 Nov - served in a NASA Astrophysics proposal review
  • 27 Oct - submitted paper on binary hot subdwarf stars to A&A with collaborators
  • 18 Oct - got hitched!
  • 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 - research presentation 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
  • 2013

  • 6 Dec - hosted Dr. Dirk Grupe (PSU) as he visited the Triad and gave an astronomy lecture at GTCC.
  • 29 Nov - submitted paper on newly-discovered pulsation modes in EC 22221-3152 to MNRAS
  • 22 Nov - Visited Mrs. Spainhour's astronomy class at Wheatmore High School and had a great time!
  • 22 Nov - Carolina News 14 ran a story on Aaron Marlowe's and Sam Gordon's work on Comet ISON. Watch it here.
  • 11 Nov - HPU students launch a balloon and payload (dubbed mission SP-1) to an altitude of almost 100,000 feet! Check out our video of the launch here.
  • 4 Oct - Dr. Don Winget, an astronomer at UT-Austin, visited with HPU physics majors
  • 2 Oct - monitored gamma-ray burst GRB131002A.
  • 21 Aug - paper on the Seyfert 1 Galaxy WPVS 007 published in the Astronomical Journal
  • 1-8 July - spent one week in Greenbank, WV as a coordinator for ERIRA, a radio astronomy research experience for undergraduates, high school students, and astronomy enthusiasts
  • 19 June - UT Austin astronomer and collaborator JJ Hermes discovers most massive pulsating white dwarf (with hydrogen atmosphere)
  • 14 June - website prototype uploaded; please mind the construction as I fix broken links, build additional pages, etc.
  • 12 June - paper on long-period binary hot subdwarfs published in The Astrophysical Journal
  • 20-25 May - attended, presented research at the 6th conference on hot subdwarf stars in Tucson, AZ
  • 6-10 Jan - attended, presented research at the 221st AAS conference in Long Beach, CA