In the Student Spotlight: Nov. 9, 2018

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  • Adrian Luna received a travel scholarship to present his poster “Quantum Engineering following Nature’s lead: Using Genetic Algorithms to Develop Nitride Optoelectronic Devices” at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in San Antonio.
  • Matthew Daunt presented his poster “The Influence of Many-Body Effects on Light-Matter Interactions in Semiconductor Nanostructures” at the Northern Arizona Planetary Science Alliance (NAPSA) Symposium. Rachel Sobecki also presented her poster “Nitride Hyperpolic Metamaterials” at the NAPSA symposium. She will present the same poster at the SPS Zone Meeting at NAU.
  • Ph.D. student Samuel Navarro presented four talks/posters at several locations throughout the United States and Mexico last month. Navarro’s first stop was at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, in Mexico City, where he presented “NEOs: Rapid-Response Spectrophotometric Characterization of Near Earth Objects with RATIR.” He presented the same topic in Ensenada, Mexico. Next, he went to a national astronomy meeting in Puebla, Mexico, where he presented his poster “Near Earth Objects Characterization with the 1.5m Telescope from the National Astronomic Observatory.” His last stop was Knoxville, Tennessee, where he presented “First Results from the Rapid-Response Spectrophotometric Characterization of Near-Earth Objects using RATIR” at the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting.
  • Ph.D. student Erin Aadland published her first paper, “Shedding Light on the Isolation of Luminous Blue Variables,” with alumna Kathryn Neugent. The paper discussed the massive star evolution, the different types of stars and where they are located.
  • This summer, five students from the Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation went to Plymouth, England, through the American Planning Association and the Royal Town Planning Institute. Each student was assigned to a different division of the planning department and was given projects such as an affordable housing satisfaction survey and a neighborhood plan. Students also attended city council, cabinet and planning commission meetings.
  • Volleyball player Jordan Anderson was named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row. She totaled 46 digs against Montana and Montana State. So far this season, she has totaled 493 digs, only seven digs shy of becoming the third player in program history to record 500 digs in a season.


Tallie Valverde