A Partnership in Observational and Computational Astronomy

Astronomy Students and Faculty Present at MASC

April 13, 2013
Clemson, SC

The 2013 Meeting of Astronomers in South Carolina was held at Clemson University on Saturday, April 13, 2013. SC State’s astronomy option physics majors Johnae Eleby and Charles Laursen attended along with faculty members Jennifer Cash, Daniel Smith and Donald Walter. They joined nearly 50 other astronomers from around the state for this annual gathering.

The SC state participants presented results that are supported under their NSF POCA Award and their NASA Kepler Awards.

Johane presented her summer research project as a poster entitled: Phase Analysis of RV Tauri and Semi-regular Variables.

Dr. Walter spoke on A Spectroscopic Study of RV Tauri and Semiregular Variables.

Dr. Cash’s presentation included some Preliminary Results from Kepler Light Curves of Semiregular and RV Tauri Variable Stars.

Dr. Smith demonstrated his cosmology activities: Web-Based Apps to Teach Cosmology for Non-Science Majors.


Meeting of Astronomers in South Carolina (MASC)
April 13, 2013
Meeting Rooms 3 and 4, Madren Conference Center

8:30 – 9:00am: Registration and Refreshments

9:00 – 9:10am: Mark Leising- Introduction

9:10 – 9:25am: Don Walter-A Spectroscopic Study of RV Tauri and Semiregular Variables

9:25 – 9:40am: Jennifer Cash-Preliminary Results from Kepler Light Curves of Semiregular and RV Tauri Variable Stars

9:40 – 9:50am: Shaun Hampton-Black Hole Evaporation

9:50 – 10:00am: Amber Porter-Spectropolarimetry of Type Ia Supernovae and their Velocity Gradients

10:00 – 10:10am: Ginger Bryngelson-The Plateau Phase of Type Ia Supernovae

10:10 – 10:20am: Andrew Mount-Mountain Rest Observatory: Spectroscopy in the 2012-2013 Jupiter Storm Season

10:20 –10:35am: Phillip Flower-Distance Learning at Clemson: Introductory Astronomy


11:00 – 11:20am: Dina Drozdov-Late-Time Fireworks in SN 2007af

11:20 – 11:35am: Daniel M. Smith, Jr.-Web-Based Apps to Teach Cosmology for Non-Science Majors

11:35 – 11:55am: Varsha Kulkarni-A Super-Damped Lyman-Alpha Absorber at z=2.2: An Ideal Atomic Physics Laboratory in the Distant Universe

11:55 – 12:15pm: Monique C. Aller-Probing Interstellar Silicate Dust in Quasar Absorption Systems at z < 1.4

Lunch and Poster Viewing

2:15 – 2:25pm: David Moffett-First Light with the Dedicated Interferometer for Rapid Variability

2:25 – 2:35pm: James E. Neff-SONG and Dance

2:35 – 2:50pm: Samantha Geltz-Constant Stars in the Kepler Database

2:50 – 3:10pm: Mark Wells-Automated Classification of Kepler Targets

3:10 – 3:30pm: Sean Brittain-Detection of a Circumplanetary Disk around HD 100546


4:00 – 4:15pm: Debopam Som-Elemental Abundances in the Distant Universe: Magellan Observations of Sub-Damped Lyman-Alpha Absorbers at z~2

4:15 – 4:30pm: James Kring-Light Curve Study of the Totally Eclipsing W UMa Binary, DK Andromedae

4:30 – 4:40pm: Joshua Wood-Cosmic Rays and Supernova Remnants

4:40 – 4:55pm: Daniel Flaaten-Observations and Analysis of the Near-Contact Solar Type Eclipsing Binary, V530

4:55 – 5:10pm: Travis Shebs-Light Curve Study of the Solar Type, Dwarf Algol System, V2421 Cyg

5:10 – 5:30pm: Dieter Hartmann-Future MASC discussion and Farewell