Lab News

October 25th, 2018
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Maren Cosens and team’s paper on the size-luminosity scaling relationship of star forming regions in local and distant galaxies has been accepted in The Astrophysics Journals (arxiv: 1810.10494).

October 20th, 2018
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The CASS OIR lab has acquired a brand new portable planetarium that will be used for education and public outreach with the San Diego community. Graduate students Maren Cosens and Lindsay Lowry gave 6 shows at UCSD Homecoming on October 20th to over 100 people.

June 11th, 2018
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Left: Nils presenting his poster on the photometric precision of TMT/IRIS. Right: Maren presenting a novel wide-field instrument. Check out the 5 SPIE papers from OIR Lab !

April 20, 2018
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Shelley had a fun morning talking to CBS8 Morning News LIVE about the start of Taste of Science and promoting her upcoming event on April 28, 2018, Zombies & Aliens .

March 21, 2018
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IRIS science team meet for the day to discuss filters, gratings, critical path items of the instrument, and worked on PSF-reconstruction.

March 14-15, 2018
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The first face-to-face meeting for the PANOSETI team took place over two days with many fun topics, including props.

February 28, 2018
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Even though we had a rough winter season for observing at Lick Observatory, the Physics 164 students were able to get their asteroid data and more on the Nickel 1-m. Students gathering for a long night of observing in the UCSD Remote Observing Facility.

December 20, 2017
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Andrey Vayner and team publish Keck Observatory Adaptive Optics and ALMA data of the distant supermassive black hole 3C 298, revealing large scale winds and outflows that impact star formation across the host galaxy (UCSD news).

September 21, 2017
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IRIS instrument and team passes the preliminary design review (PDR-2) of operations, software, and electronics at TMT headquarters in Pasadena on September 20-21st.

August 21, 2017
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Andrey Vayner and University of Toronto students drive cross country to Oregon for the eclipse and their trip makes CBC news! Shelley Wright, Greg Walth, and Marens Cosens from CASS OIR lab also went to Oregon for the eclipse (UCSD news).

May 21, 2017
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Prof. Wright had the honor to participate as a speaker at the TEDx Donovan Correction Facility. The TEDx video can be found here, along with local news coverage.

March 28 - 30, 2017
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The CASS OIRlab team spent three intensive days at UCLA working on advancing the OSIRIS data reduction pipeline with our coding collaborators. They let us outside for nice picnic lunches.

March 20 - 26, 2017
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Eric Chisholm, James Larkin, and Shelley Wright attended an IRIS leads meeting at NAOJ and toured the exciting Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) facilities.

March 12 - 15, 2017
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Andrey Vayner and Greg Walth attended the PDP Inquiry Institute operated by the Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators (ISEE) in Monterrey, California.

November 18, 2016
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IRIS instrument and team passes the preliminary design review at TMT headquarters in Pasadena on November 17-18th. Thank you to the esteemed reviewers! Over 1000+ pages of just reviewer documentation.

November 1, 2016
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The Intermediate Redshift OSIRIS Chemo-Kinematic survey (IROCKS) results have been published in the Astrophysics Journal (Mieda et al. 2016). IROCKS first adaptive optics + integral field spectrograph survey of z~1 galaxies with a 2 year Keck Observatory observing campaign. See the latest results on the dynamics and star formation clumps in these systems.

October 19, 2016
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The NIROSETI observing campaign just passed its 50% survey completion. More than 600 celestial objects, such as nearby stars, clusters and nearby galaxies, have been observed, but no ET signal have been detected. Thanks to our courageous students for observing all nights long! Go NIROSETI!
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September 7-8, 2016
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The CASS OIRlab team spent two intensive days at UCLA working on debugging and advancing the OSIRIS data reduction pipeline with our friendly coding collaborators. We had over 60+ code commits to the OSIRIS github page and drank many cups of coffee.

July 12, 2016
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Shelley Wright testified to the Joint Space Subcommittee and Research and Technology Subcommittee Hearing on Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Astrobiology. Shelley’s testimonial addressed the current and future research endeavours of SETI. Full written and oral testimony can be found here.

June 12, 2016
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The majority of the CASS OIRlab attended the summer American Astronomical Society (AAS) sessions in San Diego. Greg Walth, Andrey Vayner, Shelley Wright gave talks at the conference. Melisa Tallis and Andres Duenas both gave excellent posters on the near-infrared SETI research!


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