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In this feature, you’ll learn more about what the science team wants you to look for as a volunteer Duster.

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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Third Thursday Telecon – 18 November 2016

This month Dr. Andrew Westphal reports live (audio only) from the the international conference on cometary science entitled “Comets: A new vision after Rosetta/Philae“. He also provides updates on Stardust@home and our partnership with the Stall Catchers project. Note: For more information about these monthly webinars, including how to participate, please go to the most […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 15 September 2016

For this month’s telecon, Dr. Andrew Westphal shares and previews the results of Stardust@home’s collaboration with Alzheimer’s researchers – a brand new multi-tiered citizen science initiative called EyesOnALZ. Their first official offering launched on October 1st and is called Stall Catchers. We encourage anyone interested in participating in the project to try it out now […]

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Stardust@home helps launch new online game to help fight Alzheimer’s!

Thanks to all the amazing dusters who helped launch EyesOnALZ‘s first citizen science project Stall Catchers! The team here is very excited, and the project also just got announced in the Berkeley News. Of course the Stardust@home team never imagined a collaboration such as this. As Dr. Westphal recently put it, “Who would have thought?!” […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 18 August 2016

For this month’s telecon, and as a special treat, Dr. Juan Carlos Martínez Oliveros joined Stardust@home’s Dan Zevin to discuss a brand new citizen science project they are both working on at the Space Sciences Lab in partnership with Google. Called the Eclipse Megamovie, the project will be a first-of-its-kind citizen science project focused on […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 16 June 2016

In this month’s telecon (audio only), Dr. Anna Butterworth gives an update on various aspects of the project, including plans to extract 50 more interstellar candidates from the aerogel to identify their origin, additional plans for analysis of the three interstellar particles identified so far, the current progress of scans of the collector tiles, and […]

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Third Thursday Telecon 22 April 2016 (yeah, we know, it was actually Friday!)

This month Dr. Andrew Westphal gives an update and extensive preview of a collaboration between Stardust@home and Alzheimer’s researchers at Cornell University who will use Stardust@home’s virtual microscope (VM) platform for a brand new citizen science program. We encourage anyone interested in participating in the project to try it out and give us their feedback […]

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Third Thursday (or First Friday) Telecon – 1 April 2016

Andrew has a update from LPSC (Lunar and Planetary Science Conference).

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Third Thursday Telecon – 18 February 2016

This month it’s just a few nerdy guys chattin’ and quickly checking in about Stardust and other fun topics. Dr. Andrew Westphal gives an update on a collaboration between Stardust@home and Alzheimer’s researchers at Cornell University who have a plan to use Stardust@home’s virtual microscope (VM) for a brand new citizen science program. There’s also […]

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