Students, Faculty Present Research at Major Astronomy Meeting

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 21, 2016 – High Point University students Thomas Boudreaux, Rodrigo Catalan and Alan Vasquez, and Brad Barlow, assistant professor of astrophysics, gave presentations at the 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Jan. 5-8.

The meeting is the largest national gathering of astronomers, with more than 3,000 in attendance this year. The students shared various astronomy projects they’ve conducted with Barlow at HPU:

– Boudreaux presented “New Long-Period Hot Subdwarf Binaries from the Hobby-Eberly Telescope.”

– Catalan presented “The EREBOS Project: Time-Series Photometry of New HW Vir Binaries from the OGLE Survey.”

– Vasquez presented “There and Back Again?: The Disappearing Pulsations of CS 1246,” research he collected during HPU’s Summer Research Program in the Sciences this past summer.

Barlow gave an oral presentation, “The EREBOS Project: Determining the Influence of Substellar Objects on Stellar Evolution,” on an international project he helped start with collaborators in Austria, Chile, Germany and South Africa.

Presenting at the meeting was a great way for the students to showcase the quality of research they are able to conduct as undergraduates at HPU, says Barlow, especially at a conference mostly attended by astronomers who have Ph.D.’s.

“I am proud of the way they represented our department and university,” he says. “Their presence at the conference helped forge new collaborations with astronomers who noticed our work and ways in which we could combine forces. I’m even more excited about the direction our research group is going now that the meeting is over and cannot wait to get started on these new projects with students.”

This trip was supported by HPU’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Works program and a national Society of Physics Students travel award, funded in part by Sigma Pi Sigma, a national physics honor society.

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