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Mar 12, 2008 - Observing with the World's Best Telescope - Dr. Jim Nemec

This talk will be about Jim's December 2007 observing trip to Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory to observe the globular clusters NGC2210 and NGC2257 (in the Large Magellanic Cloud) with the SMARTS 0.9-m telescope.

Jim Nemec holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle. The subject of his thesis was Extragalactic RR Lyrae Stars (co-supervised by Prof. Paul Hodge at UW and Dr. James Hesser at DAO). He was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology and UBC, and a University Research Fellow at UBC in Vancouver. He was on the faculty at the University of Washington, Caltech and Washington State University before coming to Camosun College 11 years ago where he teaches Astronomy and Physics courses. He has published over 60 research papers on such topics as variable stars inside and outside our Galaxy, close binary systems, blue stragglers, SX Phe stars, period-luminosity relationships, double-mode RR Lyrae stars, mixture models for studying stellar populations, and extragalactic globular clusters (in M87 and M49).

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