Archive | April, 2008

AAVSO/BAA Day 1: Paula and Pulsating White Dwarfs

After several days of travel, I’ve settled into the front row of the BAA/AAVSO meeting in New Hall, in Cambridge, UK. Dr. Paula Skody is giving an excellent talk on pro-am collaboration to make Hubble Space Telescope observations of cataclysmic variables. She studies pulsating white dwarfs – stars whose outer 99% have oscillations that can […]

A Sunny Morning in Oxford

I awoke to the following this morning. I now understand why every faculty member I’ve ever had who went to Oxford complains about the ugliness of their current university (any one of many). Really, can anything in the states compete? They also have quite civilized dorms, with a proper tea set laid out with biscuits. […]