CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS PUBLIC TALKS ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

[Selected] Conference Presentations

More presentations to be added soon, along with downloadable PDFs.
  • Now You See It, Now You Don't: The Disappearing Pulsatinos of CS 1246
    Seventh Meeting on Hot Subdwarf Stars and Related Objects
    Oxford University, Oxford, UK
    19-25 July 2015

    An oral presentation on the decreasing amplitude of the pulsating star CS 1246.

  • A Photometric Survey for Rapidly-Pulsating Hot Subdwarf Stars
    223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society
    Washington, D.C., USA
    5-9 January 2014

    A poster presentation by HPU student Stephen Vultaggio discussing results of a survey to look for new pulsating sdB stars.

  • A Radial Velocity Survey of Hot Subdwarf Stars with the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
    223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society
    Washington, D.C., USA
    5-9 January 2014

    A poster presentation by HPU student Stephen Vultaggio discussing results of a survey to look for new pulsating sdB stars.

  • Resolved but Unresolved: Triple- and Quadruple-Star Hot Subdwarf Systems
    Sixth Meeting on Hot Subdwarf Stars and Related Object
    Tucson, Arizona, USA
    20-25 May 2013

    A poster discussing the discovery of two triple-star hot subdwarf systems and one quadruple-star sdB system.


  • The Period Distribution of Hot Subdwarf Binaries
    Sixth Meeting on Hot Subdwarf Stars and Related Object
    Tucson, Arizona, USA
    20-25 May 2013

    A poster discussing the orbital periods of hot subdwarfs with main sequence companions.


  • The Goodman Spectrograph*
    First International Symposium of Science with the SOAR Telescope
    Maresias, Brazil
    15-19 May 2011

    Overview of the Goodman Spectrogaph and its capabilities.



[Selected] Public Talks

  • Finding Exoplanets Around Pulsating Stars
    Forsyth Astronomical Society
    Winston-Salem, NC, USA
    22 July 2014

    A thorough look at how the pulses of some stars can be used as clock for finding new exoplanets.

  • The MUCHFUSS Project
    Forsyth Astronomical Society
    Winston-Salem, NC, USA
    25 Mar 2014

    An overview of the MUCHFUSS survey to look for new hot subdwarf binaries.

  • Discovery of a Zombie Star Lurking in our Solar Neighborhood
    HPU Honors Program Talk AND Parents' Weekend Talk (talk given twice)
    High Point, NC, USA
    12 Feb 2013 AND 1 Feb 2014

    Discovery of a hot subwarf + white dwarf binary that will likely explode as an underluminous Type 1a supernova.

  • Starquakes! Probing Stellar Structure and Evolution with Asteroseismology
    TriStar Astronomy Festival
    Jamestown, NC, USA
    3 Mar 2012

    Overview of pulsating stars, the methods used to study them, and their importance in astronomy.



[Selected] Academic Talks

  • The MUCHFUSS Project: Searching for massive companions to hot subdwarf stars
    University of Richmond Dept. of Physics Colloquium
    Richmond, VA, USA
    26 Jan 2015

    Overview of MUCHFUSS projects and recent binary hot subdwarf results


  • The Coolest Little Hot Stars You've Never Heard Of
    Wake Forest University Dept. of Physics Colloquium
    Winston-Salem, NC, USA
    12 Feb 2014

    Overview of hot subdwarf stars and results of the MUCHFUSS project.

  • Time-Domain Studies of Hot Subdwarf Stars
    UNC Dissertation Defense Presentation
    Chapel Hill, NC, USA
    4 Aug 2011

    My PhD defense presentation at UNC; focused on pulsating hot subdwarf stars and the techniques used to study them.

  • Software Development for the Goodman Spectrograph & 
Two New Variable Hot DQ Stars
    UNC Master's Defense Presentation
    Chapel Hill, NC, USA
    26 Nov 2008

    My master's defense presentation; focused on variable hot DQ white dwarfs and instrumentation.