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  • New paper: population diagnostics for the massive star binary fraction

    There’s another new paper from the the UW Massive Stars research group! This one is led by Trevor Dorn-Wallenstein, a fourth-year graduate student and has recently been accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal. The research uses the BPASS models of binary stellar evolution to simulate entire populations of stars with various binary fractions. Based on these simulations, Trevor has […]
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  • New paper: Detecting binary red supergiants with imaging

    A new paper led by Kathryn Neugent, a second-year grad student and member of the UW Massive Stars research group, has just been accepted for publication in the Astronomical Journal! The paper explores the binary fraction of red supergiants, a population that is surprisingly poorly understood but crucial when talking about massive stars in binaries evolve and interact. Kathryn’s research […]
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  • Book Announcement! The Last Stargazers

    I’m very excited to announce a new book coming in 2020! The Last Stargazers is a popular science book that will share the adventures and quirks of observational astronomy. It introduces readers to how modern observing is done, explores the impending automation of the field and the role of human curiosity in scientific exploration, and shares some of the many […]
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  • Weird Stars, Women in Science, and A Wrinkle In Time

    Last week I visited the Perimeter Institute to give a public lecture on “The Weirdest Stars in the Universe”. You can watch the entire lecture here! The next day I was also lucky enough to join a number of other women serving as speakers, panelists, and mentors for a morning at the “Inspiring Future Women in Science” event marking international womens’ day. […]
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  • New paper: GRB 020903 host galaxy

    A new paper led by Mallory Thorp, a recent UW graduate and Massive Stars research group member (now a grad student at the University of Victoria!), has just been accepted for publication in ApJ! Using Gemini-South observations obtained as part of the Fast Turnaround program, we mapped metallicity and young stellar population age in the unusual host galaxy of GRB 020903, […]
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