News

  • New paper: comparing binary and rotating stellar populations!

    We have a new paper from the UW Massive Stars research group! This paper is led by graduate student Trevor Dorn-Wallenstein and performs the very first detailed comparison of how binary interactions and stellar rotation affect the evolution of massive star populations! Following his previous work on the properties of binary massive star populations, Trevor simulates the evolution of massive […]
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  • TEDxBerkeley: The Last Stargazers

    Last month I got the chance to speak at TEDxBerkeley: Moonshot! It was my first TED event and a wonderful chance to meet and hear fascinating speakers and share the stories of astronomy with a great crowd. In my talk I tell the story of Oscar Duhalde, the only living person on the planet to discover a supernova with the […]
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  • New paper: Betelgeuse just isn’t that cool!

    You may have heard about Betelgeuse in the news over the past few months; it’s been getting surprisingly dim since October, and astronomers have been speculating as to the reasons why! In a new paper out of the UW Massive Stars research group! and Lowell Observatory, myself and Phil Massey present some new observations of Betelgeuse, taken near the dimmest […]
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  • TENURE!

    Some quick but great news; I learned today that my promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of Washington has officially been approved! To say that I’m excited would be an understatement; this is a huge career milestone and I’m delighted to now have official word that I get to keep doing the wonderful job […]
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  • 2020 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize

    I’m very pleased and excited to share that I’ve been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize by the American Astronomical Society! The prize awarded annually for outstanding achievement, over the past five years, in observational research by a young astronomer. I’m honored to be in the company of so many other outstanding scientists who have […]
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