We discuss the science as well as the practical aspects of undertaking astronomy in the real world. We try to keep up-to-date with the news of the week, the latest in astro-politics and the Washington scene, and NASA missions. Participants review the hot discussions at meetings they've recently attended. Students are encouraged to inform the group of their relevant research, and are encouraged to use this forum to make practice presentations prior to meetings or job interviews.
We attempt to structure the seminar about a specific topic each semester. Participants in the seminar will be expected to prepare a 30 minute talk.
The Spring 2006 semester's topic
is X-Ray Astronomy in a Multiwavelength Culture.
Spring 05: Astrophysical Spectroscopy
Fall 04: Astrobiology
Spring 04: Astronomy with Small Telescopes
Fall 03: NASA and the future of space science
Spring 01: The Sun: a star close up
Spring 00: Statistics in Astronomy
Fall 00: New Telescopes, New Techniques
Fall 99: Astronomical Data Reduction
Meetings occur weekly in the AST reading room (ESS 437), or, weather permitting, on a nearby beach. This semester we will meet Thursdays at 4:00 PM, begining on February 2. Refreshments are provided by participants on a rotating basis. All interested faculty and students are encouraged to participate.
All students attending must enroll in Phy 666 for either 0 or 1 credit. Students enrolling for one credit will be expected to contribute more to the seminar. Grading is on an S/U basis.
Direct questions to Fred Walter, ESS 459, x2-8232
fwalter at astro.sunysb.edu
The Cool Stars Seminar is offered by the Long Island Branch of the Cool Star Mafia. The Cool Star Mafia is an informal organization devoted to exploitation of the electromagnetic spectrum to understand the physics of cool stars and other interesting objects. The cool star mafia is headquartered in Boulder Colorado, with main branches in Armagh, Northern Ireland and Catania, Sicily.
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