Summer 2009 News

Summer 2009 News


General


The Department hosted an international astronomy conference entitled `Galaxy Wars: Stellar Populations and Star Formation in Interacting Galaxies', that ran from July 19 - 22, 2009 at the Millenium Centre in Johnson City.  This meeting had 102 attendees from 16 countries.  Dr. Beverly Smith was the lead organizer, and  Drs. Richard Ignace, Gary Henson, Don Luttermoser, and Mark Giroux were members of the Local Organizing Committee.   For more information, see the Conference web page.


Faculty/Staff

Dr. Richard Ignace attended the Magnetism in Massive Stars meeting at the Observatoire de Paris, France May 11 - 15, 2009

Drs. Beverly Smith and Mark Giroux attended the Tidal Dwarf Galaxies meeting in Bad Honnef, Germany, May 23 - 29, 2009.   Dr. Smith gave a talk on `GALEX-Identified Tidal Dwarf Galaxies and Other Peculiar Tidal Structures in the Spirals, Bridges, and Tails Interacting Galaxy Sample'.    Dr. Giroux  (left) presented a poster entitled `An Atlas of GALEX UV Images of Interacting Galaxies'.

Dr. Don Luttermoser attended the `Stellar Pulsations' meeting held in Santa Fe New Mexico June 1 - 5, 2009.

In May 2009, Dr. K. Tabetha Hole  (left) started a position as Post-Doctoral Researcher at ETSU.   She will be working with Dr. Richard Ignace on supernovae and stellar winds. 







Students

ETSU Physics major Coral Franklin (left) is working with Dr. Beverly Smith this summer on computer models of interacting galaxies.   This research is supported by a NASA LTSA grant and NASA Spitzer and Chandra grants, as well as an ETSU Research Development Grant.




ETSU Physics major Trisha Massenzo (left) is working with Dr. Beverly Smith this summer with Spitzer data on interacting galaxies.   This research is sponsored by a NASA LTSA grant and NASA Spitzer and Chandra grants.








ETSU Physics major Jessica Webb (left) is working with Dr. Beverly Smith this summer on COBE DIRBE infrared light curves of variable stars.   She is being supported by a NASA LTSA grant.





ETSU Physics major Michael Goodman is working with Dr. Richard Ignace this summer modeling free-free radio emission from axisymmetric massive star winds.   He is being supported on a National Science Foundation grant to ETSU.





ETSU Physics major Sabrina Hurlock is doing a `Research Experience for Undergraduates' project this summer at the University of Hawaii, on coronal mass ejections.








ETSU Physics major John Burdette is doing a summer internship at the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia.    His project involves methane emissions from Mars.

Clemson undergraduate Jessica Herrington (left) will be working this summer with Dr. Richard Ignace on a project involving modeling forbidden emission lines from aspherical ejecta shells of supernovae.   She is being supported by the SARA REU grant.



University of Iowa undergraduate Mark Gorski (left) is working this summer with Dr. Richard Ignace on Chandra data of the weak wind in the early B star alpha Cru.   He is funded by the SARA REU grant.





Whitman College Undergraduate Shannon Hall (left) is working this summer with Dr. Gary Henson on polarimetry using the C-14 telescope at the Harry D. Powell Observatory.   She is being supported by the SARA REU grant.  





ETSU Physics major Alfred Hopkins is working with Dr. Richard Ignace this summer on OB X-ray sources in the vicinity of WR 142. 







ETSU Physics minor Heather Fries has a summer internship this summer at the Bays Mountain Planetarium in Kingsport Tennessee.   She is also working with Drs. Ignace and Henson at ETSU on Be stars.  


Alumni

ETSU Physics graduate Chris Carver (2009) is doing a summer internship this summer at the St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis.   He will be attending medical school at ETSU in the Fall.





ETSU Physics graduate Scott Price (2009) is working as a research assistant in the ETSU Dept of Physics and Astronomy this summer with Dr. Richard Ignace.   He is modeling X-ray emission lines from clump bow shocks in massive star winds.



ETSU Physics graduate Sharon Gray (2009) is working this summer as a research assistant in the ETSU Dept of Physics and Astronomy with Dr. Gary Henson studying variable stars.






In Fall 2009, ETSU Physics graduate Tommy Byrd (2008) will be starting graduate school in Physics at the College of William and Mary.  

Rachel Baker (Physics class of 2005) had a baby daughter, Reagan Michaela, on August 17, 2009

Amanda Moffett (class of 2005) attended the Galaxy Wars: Stellar Populations and Star Formation in Interacting Galaxies conference held at the Millenium Centre in Johnson City July 19-22, 2009.   Amanda is now a graduate student in Astronomy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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