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Third Thursday Telecon – 17 May 2018

For May’s Third Thursday, Dr. Andrew Westphal takes us on an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of the Advanced Light Source at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Note, this is an unedited video with a lot of comic relief! Please also excuse the abrupt ending due to the power capabilities of Dr. Westphal’s phone. Note: […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 15 February 2018

For our February 2018 conversation (audio only), Dr. Andrew Westphal presented many details on the tools the team uses to analyze candidate particles, what we look for, and what we’re finding. You’ll also learn quite a bit about some of the pitfalls of this extraordinarily difficult work, and how we’d like to speed it up! […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 18 January 2018

On January 18, 2018, as part of our monthly Third Thursday Telecon series, Dr. Andrew Westphal mentions that the team is eagerly expecting the arrival of a new interstellar dust candidate from Johnson Space Center. This particular particle was first found by longtime duster McAngus! There are also new efforts to incorporate the use of […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 21 December 2017

For December’s Third Thursday, Dr. Andrew Westphal discusses some new ideas about how we might continue the online citizen search, plus gives his usual update on the latest lab findings so far. He also mentions a few details on NASA’s recent selections for who will get to submit what are called New Frontiers mission proposals. […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 16 November 2017

For November’s Third Thursday (btw, there was no TT in October!), Dr. Andrew Westphal discusses some new candidate analysis results, plus plans for an upcoming revamped search strategy focused on smaller blocks of images. We’re also looking at potential team competitions in the Foils search, as well as new algorithms for auto recognition that show […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 21 September 2017

For September’s Third Thursday, Dr. Andrew Westphal gives an update on the overall Stardust@home effort, including news regarding our efforts to advance our analysis techniques. Bonus – see a “live” track extraction in action! Note: For more information about these monthly webinars, including how to participate, please go to the most recent post on the […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 27 July 2017

For July’s Third Thursday, Dr. Andrew Westphal reported on the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society – their 80th! – from Santa Fe, NM, with a special focus on newly presented findings that relate to the Stardust@home effort. Enjoy! Note: For more information about these monthly webinars, including how to participate, please go to […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 15 June 2017

In this month’s conversation (audio only), Dr. Andrew Westphal provides his usual update about all things Stardust@home, including some very exciting news about two new and unexpected metal materials found in comet Wild 2.  He’ll also provide some thoughts in general about future NASA funding for pure science research. Enjoy! Note: For more information about […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 20 April 2017

This month’s telecon is a conversation with Stardust@home’s Dr. Andrew Westphal who provides a brief update (audio only) on the project. Topics include: Recent news on ten interstellar dust candidates that are being extracted and sent to us from NASA’s Johnson Space Center for synchrotron beamline analysis here at UC Berkeley; Why we’d like our […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 19 January 2017

This month Dr. Andrew Westphal gives a brief update (audio only) on what’s new with Stardust@home and where the project is heading.  Listen in to learn why it might be better to concentrate on the Foils effort for now (if you’re a participant), as well as how we’re addressing some of the bottlenecks in the […]

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