Members: Please place your sketch in alphabetical order by last name
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Steven Bloemen

is a postdoc at Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands). His research focusses on the evolution and physics of compact binary stars, with orbital periods of minutes to days, containing white dwarfs and subdwarfs. Steven is a developer of the PHOEBE code to model eclipsing binary stars, and is active in the Kepler eclipsing binary working group. In Nijmegen, he is the instrument scientist of the BlackGEM array, which i currently under development. BlackGEM will follow-up optical counterparts of LIGO/VIRGO gravitational wave sources from La Silla, Chile, and will also perform a large synoptic survey to study the variable and transient sky on timescales of minutes and hours.

Jo Bovy

is a Long-term Member at the Institute for Advanced Study. His work focuses mainly on understanding the dynamics, formation, and evolution of the Milky Way using observations from large spectroscopic and astrometric surveys. He is currently the Science Working Group Chair of APOGEE. He is also the author of the open-source galactic-dynamics code galpy, which he will happily show you how to use.

Matteo Cantiello

is a postdoctoral fellow at KITP. He works on theoretical studies of stellar structure and evolution. His expertise is on massive stars, binaries, stellar rotation, stellar magnetic fields, internal mixing and asteroseismology. He heavily uses MESA (Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics) as a numerical tool; sometimes he's bold enough and gets access to bigger computers to run 3D MHD simulations. He's involved in the SPIDER (Supernova Progenitor Internal Dynamics and Evolution Research) network, in the VLT-Flames Tarantula survey and in SPIRITS (SPitzer InfraRed Intensive Transient Survey).

Eric Gaidos

is an interloper from the exoplanet galaxy, interested in precision properties of stars (hosting planets, of course), especially M dwarfs, and the planet-metallicity relation, how well we know it, and what it means. Based in Hawai'i but currently on sabbatical and escaping the onset of the next ice age in Heidelberg, Germany.

Jason Jackiewicz

is an associate professor in the Department of Astronomy at New Mexico State University. He works on seismology of the Sun, stars, and now planets, to learn about interior structure and evolution. Of interest to this workshop might be recent collaborative work regarding red-giant stars in eclipsing-binary systems that provide an opportunity for precise tests of stellar evolution and asteroseismology. Paper 1. Paper 2. Homepage.

Péter I. Pápics

is working at the Institute of Astronomy at KU Leuven as a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) in Flanders, Belgium. His research focuses on observational asteroseismology of pulsating stars on the main sequence (especially the more massive ones with a convective core), and he is most interested in the effects of internal mixing processes such as differential rotation and convective core overshooting. For more information about his professional and personal interests, please visit his website.

Marc Pinsonneault

is from the Ohio State University, Dept. of Astronomy and works on theoretical studies of stellar structure and evolution. At present he is concentrating on rotation and asteroseismology as diagnostics of stellar physics and stellar populations; much of this work involves data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and time domain data from the Kepler Mission. Graduate students that he is working with at present are Jamie Tayar and Garrett Somers.

Josh Simon

is a staff member at Carnegie Observatories working on observations of nearby galaxies. He is particularly interested in metal-poor stars in the Milky Way and in Milky Way satellite galaxies, as well as (less relevantly for this workshop) dark matter and supernovae. He is also a member of APOGEE-2, again with a focus on studying chemical abundances in dwarf galaxies. At KITP, he is hoping to learn about and/or work on (although perhaps that is being a bit optimistic) asteroseismology of metal-poor stars and novel applications of data from Kepler and other missions/surveys.

Jamie Tayar

is a third year graduate student at the Ohio State University Department of Astronomy working with Marc Pinsonneault and Jennifer Johnson. She is interested in understanding what is missing from current stellar evolution models, and has particularly focused on using giant branch rotation rates as a probe of angular momentum transport and loss. She is also the current manager of the combined APOGEE-Kepler (APOKASC) catalog; see her website for more details.

Anne Thoul

is a research associate at the University of Liège, Belgium. She has eclectic research interests. Her research experience includes topics in plasma turbulence, galaxy formation, globular clusters, stellar structure. According to Steve (Kawaler) she is famous for her open source diffusion routine which is implemented in MESA. For the last decade her main research interest has been asteroseismology, in particular of solar-type and B stars. She was heavily involved in the CoRoT mission. She is currently working on producing "theoretical error bars" on stellar parameters derived from asteroseismology, and on the problem of the convective boundaries in stellar interiors and their correct implementation in MESA.