Andrew Connolly and Zeljko Ivezic, two UW Astronomy professors, were recently featured in a Seattle Times article. See excerpt below, and read more here at the Seattle Times article by Katherine Long.
Scientists at the University of Washington are writing computer algorithms that could one day …
The College of Arts and Sciences recently featured Lupita Tovar, a UW undergraduate, Pre-MAP alum, and incoming Astronomy & Astrobiology graduate student. See an excerpt of the Perspectives Newsletter below, and read the full article here.
Lupita Tovar’s life hasn’t gone as planned.
On an ordinary day, UW postdoctoral researcher Jamie Lomax studies stars, using polarimetry and coronagraphy to find stellar companions, to identify planet-forming disks, and to understand mass loss from stellar winds.
She also recently created the cutting-edge field of arachnoastronomy with …
Past and current members of the UW Astronomy Department were recently featured in a Wired Magazine article about Coding in Astronomy:
“Back when telescopes produced less data, astronomers could get by on teaching themselves. “The old model was you go to your telescope—or you log in remotely because…
Every Friday they gather. They collect at the foot of the astronomy building’s pendulum and wait for an eager volunteer to guide them into the darkness. They are old, young, and middle-aged, but above all else they are enthusiastic.
The audience steps into a round dome, where the seats are desi…
July 25, 2017 at 12:00 PM Venue: PAB305 Speaker: Scott Chapman (Dalhousie University)
We have been funded to build GIRMOS, a Multi-Object Adaptive Optics (MOAO) spectrograph for Gemini (commissioning ~2022). This instrument will become a facility instrument at Gemini and carry out much needed scientific follow-up for JWST, but will also act as a Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) pathfinder, laying the scientific and technical ground-work for developing a second generation instrument for TMT. Technical Innovations for GIRMOS include a modular, high performance Multi Object Adaptive Optics system, and high throughput infrared imaging spectroscopy. These technological innovations will have the broadest impact in the study of the formation and evolution of galaxies, but will also have broad reach in fields such as star and planet formation within our Milky Way and supermassive black holes in nearby galaxies.
July 26, 2017 at 8:00 PM Venue: Peddler Brewing Company Speaker:
THIS MONTH we will be joined by Dr. Meredith Rawls*, who will speak about her research on “Weighing Stars with Starquakes” with a fantastic technique called asteroseismology. We’ll also hear from our venerable co-host Trevor Dorn-Wallenstein** on “An Unbeerlievable Tale”: how atoms come together in stars to make the most glorious structure in the low-redshift Universe: beer.
Please note that this event will begin at *8pm*, since the sun will set late!
This month we are excited to again be hosted by Peddler Brewing Company in their large outdoor beer garden. Arrive early to get good seats, or bring your own lawn chairs if you’d like to to make your own front-row seating! There will be a food truck at the event, but outside food is also welcome.
Each FREE Astronomy on Tap event features accessible, engaging science presentations on topics ranging from planets to black holes to the beginning of the Universe. Most events have games and prizes to test and reward your new-found knowledge! There is always lots of time to ask questions and interact with the presenters and other scientists who inevitably stick around for the beer.
————————–———————- *Dr. Meredith Rawls
Meredith Rawls is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington. She writes software to prepare for the coming onslaught of data from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and studies weird binary stars. She holds degrees in physics and astronomy from Harvey Mudd College, San Diego State University, and New Mexico State University. When she’s not science-ing or telling people all about it, she plays viola, volunteers at summer camp, and advocates for more equity and less light pollution. She really hopes you go see the solar eclipse with a plan to arrive in the path of totality at least one day ahead of time.
Trevor Dorn-Wallenstein is a second-year graduate student in the University of Washington Astronomy department. When he isn’t thinking about beer, Trevor thinks about how massive stars live, evolve, and die, and the spectacular things they do in the process. Recently, Trevor has begun helping to organize Astronomy on Tap SEA, thus merging his love for beer and excitement about astronomy. If he isn’t doing astronomy, he’s probably baking cookies, eating fire, or playing drums in Night Lunch.