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Feb
20
Wed
Special Colloquium: Stella Kafka (Host: Karen Kinemuchi)
Feb 20 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Special Colloquium: Stella Kafka (Host: Karen Kinemuchi) @ Domenici Hall

The AAVSO Program: A Resource for Variable Star Research

Stella Kafka, AAVSO

The AAVSO was formed in 1911 as a group of US-based amateur observers obtaining data in support of professional astronomy projects. Now, it has evolved into an International Organization with members and observers from both the professional and non-professional astronomical community, contributing photometry to a public photometric database of about 25,000 variable objects, and using it for research projects. As such, the AAVSO’s main claim to fame is that it successfully engages backyard Astronomers, educators, students and professional astronomers in astronomical research. I will present the main aspects of the association and how it has evolved with time to become a premium resource for variable star researchers. I will also discuss the various means that the AAVSO is using to support cutting-edge variable star science, and how it engages its members in projects building a stronger international astronomical community.

 

Dr. Stella Kafka, is the Director of the AAVSO (American Association of Variable Star Observers). Before her tenure at the AAVSO, Dr Kafka held positions at CTIO, Spitzer Science center/Caltech, Carnegie Institution of Washington/DTM and AIP Publishing. The AAVSO is an international non-profit organization of variable star observers whose mission is to enable anyone, anywhere, to participate in scientific discovery through variable star astronomy.

Feb
22
Fri
Pizza Lunch Talk: Takashi Sekii
Feb 22 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Pizza Lunch Talk: Takashi Sekii @ AY 119

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Takashi Sekii, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

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No Colloquium
Feb 22 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
No Colloquium @ BX102

Graduate students at retreat

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Mar
1
Fri
Colloquium: RESERVED (Host: TBD)
Mar 1 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Colloquium: RESERVED (Host: TBD) @ BX102

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Mar
4
Mon
Pizza Lunch Talk: Mark Rutkowski
Mar 4 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Pizza Lunch Talk: Mark Rutkowski @ AY 119

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Mark Rutkowski, Minnesota State Univeristy

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Planetary Group meeting
Mar 4 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Mar
5
Tue
Public Talk: Janna Levin: Black Hole Blues
Mar 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Mar
8
Fri
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Mar 8 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Colloquium: RESERVED (Host: TBD) @ BX102

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Mar
15
Fri
Colloquium: Eric Nielsen (Host: Moire Prescott)
Mar 15 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Colloquium: Eric Nielsen (Host: Moire Prescott) @ BX102

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Observatory Open House
Mar 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Observatory Open House

Host: Rene Walterbos. Assisted by Minje Boem, Aleczander Herczeg, and Kelly Sanderson/