AstroWright Lab Science at AAS

I'm stealing a page from John Johnson and highlighting here the contributions of the work of current and former members of my lab at the upcoming AAS meeting in Long Beach.

Sadly, Penn State's first week of classes is consistently in conflict with the AAS Winter Meeting, so I can rarely attend (it's the most important week of class!... after all of the others, of course).  But below is a quick ad for those I work with who will be attending.  Add these to your custom schedule!


  • Updates to the Exoplanet Orbit Database: TWO posters by maintainers Eunkyu Han (our newest graduate... with honors!) and Katherina Feng.  

    • You can find Eunkyu's poster on Monday (149.01) about TERMS and orbital ephemeris calculation using BOOTTRAN, written by our own Sharon Wang.

    • Katherina's poster is Wednesday (340.03), and will highlight our newest features including (drumroll....) COMPLETENESS.  Check it out!

  • Project MINERVA: Finding the smallest planets around the nearest Sun-like stars with Penn State's newest telescope.  John Johnson and I team up with fellow Berkelian Nate McCrady for a cool new idea.  Poster 149.06, Monday.

  • Ruprecht 147: Published at last! Almost six long years after I first starting poking around at this long-forgotten catalog entry of an asterism, Jason Curtis has gotten his monster of a paper accepted, finally establishing Ruprecht 147 as the oldest nearby cluster, and a true benchmark in stellar astrophysics.  Tuesday, poster 250.17.  

And some work I'm not central to, but close enough to be a co-author:

  • Predicting RV jitter from Kepler Light Curves: Vanderbilt grad student Fabienne Bastien promotes a nifty new result from Kepler: you can tell which stars are good RV targets just by glancing at the light curves.  What's the secret?  Check out her talk on Wednesday (321.06) to find out.

  • Detecting the Atmospheres of Other Planets from the Ground: My postdoc Ming Zhao has been pioneering work with Mark Swain, Heather Knutson, Jennifer Milburn and other Palomar users for a while.  To date, 40% of all planets with ground-based secondary eclipse measurements have measurements made by this consortium.  Monday, poster 149.16.

  • TERMS: Stephen Kane leads his sturdy team of TERMites to refine orbital ephemerides (that's our job, see Eunkyu's poster) and search for transits of known, long-period planets using ground-based and space-based photometry.  Natalie Hinkel presents recent results in a poster Wednesday, #343.05

  • Radial Velocities using telluric line calibration: Newly-minted Penn State PhD Sara Gettel presents some results from her thesis in a poster on Monday, #149.09.

  • Finally, The Best Way to Analyze Multi-Planet Systems: incorporating all dynamical and RV information into a single, self-consistent analysis is both hard and computationally expensive.  That's why we have Eric Ford, and his student Ben Nelson, on the task.  Check out Ben's poster on Wednesday (343.06) to see the gory details of 55 Cancri and GJ 876.

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