Greetings from Google!

I recently got invited to share a little bit about my work on mapping the Galaxy and large astronomical surveys with the folks at Google.  My talk will be part of the talks@Google series.  This is a really fantastic place to visit.  From the free coffee to the Google bikes, I’ve enjoyed my time on campus immensely.2015-01-13 07.21.28Had_a_great_talk__google_talking_about_the_future_of_astronomy_and_my_work_at__rideru__rider_university

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Not so average (stars!)

Last week I got the chance to be on the Preston and Steve morning drive time show at WMMR.  The entire experience was a blast, and I want to thank Nick McIlwain for setting the whole thing up.  I was invited to the show as a “not your average listener”;  a segment that features fans of the show that have done something remarkable.  After learning about my discovery of the most distant stars in the Milky Way, Nick invited me to come by the studio.  You can hear the audio from the interview here (I come on around 2h and 5 minutes).   Thankfully, the WMMR listeners agreed that I was “not so average” and I walked away with some extra cash.  Thanks Nick and the rest of the P&S and WMMR team!

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Milky Way Science with LSST

LSST, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, is one of the largest undertakings in modern astronomy.  It will survey the entire visible night sky about every 3 nights for 10 years, assembling an incredible dataset that will include over 20 billion objects.   To get ready for this survey, hundreds of astronomers all over the world have self-assembled into science working groups.  These groups are collections of astronomers that are focused on making the most of LSST to work on their science.

Along with Beth Willman and Nitya Kallivayalil, I am a chair of the Stars, Milky Way and Local Volume Science collaboration.  I am happy to announce our public website, available here.  If you’d like to know more about what our group is working on, and how you can contribute to LSST, please contact me or see more at the site.

Welcome to the News

Welcome to my news & updates page.  On this page, you will find blog posts, links to my latest Sky & Telescope articles, along with any interesting astronomical or science news.  Thanks for taking a look!