Astronomy in the Era of Large Surveys

I got the chance to speak at Google over the winter break as part of the Talks at Google series.  If you are interested in hearing the talk, its now on YouTube (and embedded below).  The entire trip to Mountain View was a great time, and the audience for my talk was engaging and had great questions.  Astronomy is entering an exciting era, where surveys such as Gaia and LSST will provide the precise data needed to answer some of our biggest questions,  including characterizing dark energy and producing exquisite maps of the Milky Way.  Moreover, all of the data will be public, meaning anyone with an internet connection can get their hands on cutting edge data.  The opportunities for citizen science will be outstanding.  Hope you enjoy the talk!

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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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