OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego physics alumnus Earl Bellinger will give a Science Today lecture, “From Starlight to Stellar Ages: A Look Inside the Private Lives of Stars,” at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 in Room 170 of the Shineman Center.
Bellinger, class of 2012, is an astronomy doctoral student at Yale University and researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany.
“At first glance, peering inside of a star seems impossible,” Bellinger wrote in his abstract. “Yet, with the aid of modern space satellites, we now have the tools for doing just that. In this Science Today talk, I will go over what it takes to figure out what stars are like on the inside — from their ages to the fuel they survive on — all decoded from the light we receive from them.”
His talk is free and open to the public.
Bellinger made the most of his time at Oswego, earning a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.
An Honors Program dual major in computer science and applied mathematics, he published research on variable stars in the journal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and in Astrophysics and Space Science as an undergraduate.
While an Oswego student, the 2012 graduate also attended the Stellar Pulsation Conference in Granada, Spain, and twice earned awards to do research at SUNY Oswego Global Laboratory partners in Brazil.
He was the first SUNY Oswego student to intern with NASA at CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, blazing a trail for what has become an annual opportunity for top students at the college.
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