The BDNYC team is pleased to announce that Dr. Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi has accepted an Assistant Professor position at Amherst College, and Dr. Johanna Vos has been awarded a Royal Society - Science Foundation Ireland University Research Fellowship.
As one of the last large programs carried out by the Spitzer Space Telescope (Spitzer GO 14128 led by PI J. Faherty) prior to its retirement in 2020, a new survey for photometric variability in young, low-mass brown dwarfs will now pave the way for future searches for cloud-driven variability in directly-imaged exoplanets with next-generation telescopes.
Dr. Johanna Vos and a team of investigators have recently published the findings of their survey in a paper titled “Let the Great World Spin: Revealing the Stormy, Turbulent Nature of Young Giant Exoplanet Analogs with the Spitzer Space Telescope,” with promising results.
The forensic evidence left in the 14 Her giant planetary system suggests an active dynamical past. Two giant planets, several times more massive than Jupiter, in highly eccentric orbits around a solar-type star were found orbiting at nearly right angles to each other. In the recently published paper “14 Her: a likely case of planet-planet scattering,” Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi—a senior member of the Brown Dwarfs in New York City Research Group (BDNYC) based at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)—along with a team of orbital investigators measured the full architecture of the two-planet system around the nearby K0 dwarf 14 Herculis, with some surprising results.
The BDNYC team is thrilled to congratulate Dr. Jackie Faherty and Dr. Kelle Cruz for both being named Fellows of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in 2022.
The BDNYC team’s project proposal entitled “Read Between the Lines: Determining Atmosphere and Bulk Compositions for Planetary Mass Objects Using Spectral Retrievals” was selected for a NASA Exoplanets Research Program (XRP) grant.
BDNYC member and fourth year CUNY graduate student Mark Popinchalk has recently posted a first-author paper which explores the tricky territory of M dwarf rotation rates.
The BDNYC team is thrilled to announce that our artist-in-residence, Janani Balasubramanian, has been awarded a 2021 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship, for an excerpted draft from their brown dwarf-themed novel, Harold & Okno.
The BDNYC team is pleased to announce that Rocio Kiman will be defending her PhD dissertation on July 16, 2021, and has accepted postdoc positions at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara and the California Institute of Technology.
No matter where we live in the world, to look up at the night sky and wonder about our place in the universe is human. “We are all looking at the same sky,” says Lisseth Gonzales Quevedo, a Bachelor of Physics at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) in Lima, Peru. It is through this inherently human fascination for the universe that two BDNYC members are helping to bring scientific thought to the children and youth of Peru.
The BDNYC team is delighted to share the graduate school decisions of three of our members: Elena Litvinova Mitra, Jose I. Adorno, and Austin Rothermich.