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  • New paper: characterizing MANY new RSG+B star binaries

    Check out the latest paper from the UW Massive Stars research group! This is the next paper in a series by second-year graduate student Kathryn Neugent. In her first paper she presented a photometric method for detecting red supergiants with binary companions. Here she applies her method to RSG samples, spectroscopically tests the results, and detects 87 new RSGs, ALL […]
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  • 2019 Cottrell Scholar

    I’m very excited about today’s announcement that I’ve been selected as a 2019 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement. The award recognizes “leaders in integrating science teaching and research” in the fields in chemistry, astronomy, and physics with a grant to support our continued research and teaching efforts. It’s a great honor to be in the company […]
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  • New paper: atomic line diagnostics in red supergiants

    There’s another new paper from the UW Massive Stars research group! This one is led by UW undergraduate student Brooke Dicenzo and studies the utility of Ti, Fe, and Ca absorption lines as tools for determine temperature and other parameters in red supergiants. The physics of these stars’ atmospheres gets pretty complex and Brooke’s work has demonstrated that the Ti and […]
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  • Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage

    Today I was so incredibly honored to receive the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage from Trinity University’s Philosophical Society. They’re the world’s oldest student society and the Honorary Patronage is an international award that they grant to people “based on their significant contribution in their respective fields”. Some of the past recipients that they listed in the award letter include Joe […]
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  • New paper: studying massive stars with TESS!

    The latest paper from the UW Massive Stars research group is focused on the evolved massive stars in the TESS dataset! Led by Trevor Dorn-Wallenstein along with myself and UW postdoc Jim Davenport, the paper examines the two-minute (!) cadence lightcurves of fascinating evolved massive stars such as yellow supergiants and LBVs, and is a first exploration of the fascinating stellar […]
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