Thursday, April 14, 2011

Research Symposium and Cheesecake

This month Michael participated in the Central California Research Symposium held at Fresno State University. He was selected out of many hundreds of applicants to present his research. It was so interesting to watch as many people came by to see what he'd been researching. I am so proud of Michael and the hard work he has put into getting his Master's degree.


Below are some excerpts from the FSU CSM Newsletter coming out next month...

"Michael Gariety’s M.S. thesis was selected as Outstanding Thesis for the College of Science and Mathematics for 2011. It was a theoretical analysis of three recently developed methods of estimating distances to cataclysmic variables, compared with Hubble Space Telescope and other observations.


Astrophysics Research at Fresno State is carried out by Dr. Frederick A. Ringwald and his students. It mainly concerns cataclysmic variable stars and related objects, such as novae and black holes. We also observe exoplanets, which are planets of other stars, and stellar flares.


In a cataclysmic variable, a normal star (like the Sun) spills gas onto a burned-out cinder that once was a star, called a white dwarf. The normal star and the white dwarf orbit each other very quickly, in as little as 80 minutes, so the gas deflects around the white dwarf into an accretion disk, or cosmic whirlpool.


The disk can easily dominate the light, so we use cataclysmic variables to study accretion disk physics. There are disks of many kinds across the Universe, from the rings of Saturn, to star formation, to the disk of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The Milky Way rotates once every 250 million years, though. Cataclysmic variables operate on human timescales: the wonders of the Universe unfold before our eyes.


Most astrophysics research at Fresno State uses Fresno State’s station at Sierra Remote Observatories, which Dr. Ringwald and his students operate by remote control from campus, over the Internet. It is at a superb dark site in the Sierra Nevada, near Shaver Lake."


AFTER the symposium Michael took me out to lunch at the Cheesecake Factory...
We sampled the corn fritters...

And Michael tried the super-fantastic, ultra-delicious Memphis Burger. It was a burger with slow roasted BBQ pork, bacon, cheese, crunchy onion straws and coleslaw on top. Amazing!

5 comments:

Sharee and Arthur said...

Wow, way to go Michael! You are such a genius! And that burger you chose looks mouth-watering!

AmyAnn said...

Very impressive Mike! Such a smarty pants!

Vera said...

Ok wow, so i know something about science and math and nerdiness but the excerpt was practically in a different language! wow! The language of SCIENCE! Your hair looks perfect in that picture, very shiny and smooth...i'm jealous, because of my white girl afro LOL. That burger looked quite tasty too!

Jack and Joann said...

Congrats Michael on your award.

Also, I wanted to mention that your father's sister-in-law, Marie Gariety, died on Good Friday and will be buried on Wednesday. She was Bob Gariety's wife.

If you google Sidney Daily News in Ohio you will find her obituary.

Bob Gariety and Marie Gariety couldn't have any children of their own so they adopted from Quebec, Canada two little French speaking orphans: Kenny and Beverly. Beverly is still alive but Kenny died some time ago. Just thought you might want to know this news.

Breeana said...

Mmmmm, Cheesecake Factory is SO GOOD!