PSC Camp: News

PSC Camp is Almost Here!

We are busy making preparations for a great PSC Camp this summer!  Mentors will arrive this weekend, and teachers and students will arrive on July 10.  Can’t wait to see everyone.

We’ll post some interesting tidbits here as the week goes on, so that you can all participate a little bit even if you can’t be here.  Look for a “zoom” link to appear in your email and join us remotely when you can!

PSC Camp Application is OPEN

PSC camp is held at the Green Bank Observatory and is for active student, teacher, mentor, and hub faculty members of the PSC.

Students, teachers and mentors: to be eligible you must pass both PSC data tests and analyze 20 pointings (datasets) on the database, by June 1, 2017. We are here to help, so get cracking!

The application is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PulsarCamp

We have space for up to 40 students, 20 teachers, 16 mentors, and 4 hub faculty. It’s a blast. We hope you can join us!

CAPSTONE NEWS!

Active PSC Members (teachers and students) who successfully pass  data analysis tests 1 and 2, AND analyze 20 sets of plots  (called pointings) are eligible to attend a Capstone Seminar at  your Hub institution.  If you do not have an active Hub near you, then you are welcome to join us at the West Virginia University Capstone!

During Capstone you will:

  • share the work that you have done analyzing plots with your peers and other scientists.
  • Meet faculty, including pulsar astronomers of course!
  • Learn about STEM majors by touring Science and engineering labs,
  • Participate in fun hands-on activities
  • Experience Campus life
  • Hang-out, and make new friends!

Capstone is awesome!  More on this exciting opportunity– dates etc, as we receive them from our hubs!

Lorimer Burst Discovery Story in WVU Magazine!

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The universe is sending us 10,000 messages every day. You can’t see them. You can’t understand them. But then again, neither can anybody else.

Astrophysics professor Duncan Lorimer was sitting at his desk in Hodges Hall at West Virginia University in early 2007 when one of his undergraduate students walked in. Physics and political science senior David Narkevic had been looking through readouts of radio signals from the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia. He was looking for more examples of a kind of rotating star—a pulsar—that emits very short radio signals. And he found something.

It was strange. A dark line in a place on the graph that meant it was incredibly far away. If the reading was right, it was possible that the signal was both a billion light years away and a billion years in the past.

Lorimer took a look. And then he put it aside. It probably wasn’t anything. “I kind of told him to go back to work, and I put it in a drawer,” Lorimer said.

Read the rest in WVU Magazine.

PSC College Course is Back!

We will again be offering the PSC for WVU credit this year. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get three credits under their belt before starting college, and to have a tangible reward for their PSC work.
  • Please read the course syllabus carefully to determine if you  are eligible,  and would like to enroll.
  • The fee will be $153 for the three-credit course. The first step for students is to fill out this registration form: http://k12.wvu.edu/Access/Forms/application.pdf and fax it to the number on the form. The CRN is 19076 and course name is ASTR 293A. We’d like to get all of the registrations in before the end of the year, if possible.
  • Also, if you do sign students up, please let Maura  know so she can stay on top of the applications and make sure they get through the system in time (maura.mclaughlin-at- mail.wvu.edu).