BA     Physics         1977   University of California, Irvine
MA    Astronomy   1978   University of California, Los Angeles
PhD   Astronomy   1983   University of California, Los Angeles
My principal research is focused on the study of cataclysmic variable stars: Novae, Dwarf Novae, and Nova-like variables (An artist's conception is shown below).
Artist's visualization of a nova (NASA/Hardy)
This work includes the study of the fundamental properties of these systems in our own galaxy,
as well as the study of the spatial distribution
and population of nova systems in nearby galaxies, such as M31 (below).
The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) (Capella Obs.)
My doctoral thesis from 1983 is entitled "On the Masses of White Dwarfs in Cataclysmic Binaries", and can be downloaded here.
M31N 2008-12a, a rapidly-recurring recurrent nova in M31
An image of a portion Andromeda galaxy showing the position of
M31N 2008-12a is shown below.
Its annual eruptions have have generated a large
"super remnant", visible as an arc to the right of the
nova site (indicated by the green cross hairs).
Our group's recent work on the super remnant has been covered in SDSU NewsCenter.
For more information on my extragalactic nova work generally,
visit my Extragalactic Nova web page.
The 2019 Footlocker National High School Cross Country Championships
The 2019 Footlocker national championships at Balboa Park's Morley Field produced one of the fastest and most exciting high school girls cross country races in history. I tried to capture the mood about 1K from the finish of the 5K race. The girls' expressions seem to portend the eventual outcome. Left to right: Zofia Dudek (eventual winner in 16:45.0), Katelynne Hart (4th), Marlee Starliper (2nd in 16:46.8), Abby VanderKooi (3rd, 16:55.2) [14 December 2019].
The Boy's race was blown wide open by Josh Methner (not shown, 15:08.8).
The chase pack was led by (left to right): Carter Soloman (15:16.9), Patrick Anderson (15:18.0), and Graydon Morris (15:18.1).
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