So I know it has been AGES since I’ve blogged, but I hope I have some pretty good reasons. I’ve recently decided to become a math major (as well as a physics major) at Bard, so the workload has increased a lot. Additionally, this past summer I did a research internship at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City. I highly recommended doing an internship like this to any undergraduate science majors (or non-science major, but there are actually a whole set of internships called REU’s sponsored by the NSF for science students). Here is a useful link for finding them, if you are interested: http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm
Anyway, I worked on locating undiscovered nearby stars this summer, with my advisor, Sebastien Lepine, and now we are presenting our results at the American Astronomical Society meeting, in Washington DC. I’ve never been to a conference this large, so it’s both exciting and intimidating! There was a reception tonight, and I never thought I’d ever be in a room with so many astronomers at one time! I got to meet quite a few interesting people, but the highlight of the evening (for me) was meeting Phil Plait, of Bad Astronomy. I’ve been a long-time fan of his blog, so it was cool to actually meet him in person! He is just as cool as he seems on his blog, and we talked for about 20 minutes about a variety of things, including astronomy (of course), skepticism, iron man, and rocket launches. Overall, a really nice guy.
I’m looking forward to the rest of the conference, and will blog about any other exciting occurrences! Hopefully, I’ll also be able to blog more in general in the near future, especially since I’m on break from college.