POCA

A Partnership in Observational and Computational Astronomy

Year 2 Project Partners

Clemson University

Clemson astronomers, specifically Co-PI Mark Leising, served as the research mentor to SC State summer 2009 intern Jared Lalmansingh. Their work was presented at the January 2010 meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

Four SCSU students and three professors visited Clemson in July 2009 to discuss their summer's work, hear about research opportunities from graduate students and faculty, get to know Clemson, and hear more directly from students what graduate school is like. Research activities of everyone involved at both institutions was presented.

Clemson has worked with PI Walter to recruit students into the POCA/PAARE graduate fellowship program at Clemson.

Western Kentucky University

Astronomers at Western Kentucky University (WKU) have worked with SCSU astronomers to prepare the 1.3 meter telescope, also known as the Robotically Controlled Telescope (RCT), for research use under the PAARE award. SCSU and WKU have collaborated with other schools over the years in the management of the telescope. Lightning strikes in the summer of 2008 have resulted in multiple equipment failures. SCSU and WKU worked on those problems and the telescope is being prepared to be brought online. The RCT will be used by SCSU in its long term study of RV Tauri stars.

National Optical Astronomy Observatory

NOAO personnel Co-PI Howell and Senior Personnel Mighell have collaborated on this project in a number of ways. They have helped coordinate and plan both student research and faculty research.

Up to 20% of Howell's time is being allocated to the POCA/PAARE project. Howell has provided archival spectra from the Coude Feed telescope that contribute significantly to the RV Tauri research at SC State. He has helped SC State faculty members organize their research project through near-term and long-term planning. He has also provided training and guidance in the use of the Coude Feed telescope at KPNO by Walter and made significant contributions to a Cycle 2 Guest Observer proposal submitted by Walter, Cash and Howell.

Mighell is the NSF REU Site Coordinator at KPNO and helped SC State coordinate a summer intern to KPNO to work with Howell in the summer of 2009. Mighell himself spoke to the student and helped motivate him to participate. He is currently working with SC State to coordinate the visit by two SC State interns in the summer of 2010.

Both Howell and Mighell visited SC State in April 2010