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Lucianne Walkowicz

Stellar Astronomer

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Lucianne Walkowicz

Professional Role

Current Titles:

Henry Norris Russell Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University

Current Organizations:

TED, NASA's Kepler Mission, The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope


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TEDxPhoenix - Lucianne Walkowicz - Look Up for a Change

- About Lucianne Walkowicz - Lucianne Walkowicz, a 2011 TEDGlobal Fellow, studies the inscrutable faces of the stars for clues to the inner workings of their hearts. She got her taste for astronomy as an undergrad at Johns Hopkins, testing detectors for the Hubble Space Telescope's new camera (installed in 2002). She also learned to love the dark stellar denizens of our galaxy, the red dwarfs, which became the topic of her PhD dissertation at University of Washington. in her TEDxPhoenix 11.11.11 TEDxTalk, Lucianne explains the importance of preserving our dark night sky from the perils of light pollution and other lesser-known factors. In Lucianne's eyes, "Our night sky is a natural resource, it's like a park you can visit without ever having to travel there. But like any natural resource, if we don't protect it, if we don't preserve it and treasure it, it will slip away from us and be gone." Website: http://astro.berkeley.edu/~lucianne On Twitter: http://twitter.com/shaka_lulu - About TEDxPhoenix 11.11.11 - The theme for TEDxPhoenix 11.11.11 was "_______ for a Change" and featured speakers from around the US who are exploring unique ideas that have brought about unexpected, interesting, and positive changes. Five hundred people from all over Arizona and the western US gathered at the Mesa Arts Center for an evening of thought provoking and entertaining talks. The opening title (http://vimeo.com/31961584) and speaker video intros were created under the design and direction of TEDxPhoenix Art Director, Safwat Saleem (@safwat). Motion graphics and animation provided by TEDxPhoenix volunteer Qa'ed Tung (@qaedtung). Video editing of this TEDxPhoenix TEDxTalk was done by UAT Digital Video Program Champion, Professor Paul DeNigris (@UATDV). Filming of TEDxPhoenix 2011 was conducted by UAT Digital Video students Dylan White, Kennedy Gray, Ty Bitterolf, Nic Vereen, Neil Sparks, and Annie Winn. Additional guidance and assistance was provided by UATDV Associate Professor, Todd Schoenberger, and UATDV Teaching Assistant, Jared Oppie. - About TEDx - In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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Lucianne Walkowicz: Magnetic Stars, Space Weather and Life: Stellar Activity and its Effect on Planets

Lucianne Walkowicz presents a public talk at UC Berkeley on June 19, 2010, as part of the Science@Cal Lecture Series described at http://scienceatcal.berkeley.edu/lectures

Sunspots are some of the oldest astronomical phenomena observed by human beings. These "freckles" on the the face of our Sun may look innocuous, but they are actually the footprints of huge magnetic loops that protrude from our star. These loops sometimes twist and snap, causing spectacular solar flares that send radiation and energetic particles hurtling towards Earth. These flares are responsible for beautiful aurorae, but they can also cause the troubling disruption of satellites and other infrastructure. Similar phenomena are observed on many other stars in our Galaxy, with some stellar flares being even more powerful than those of the Sun. What is it like to be a planet around those stars? How do flares and starspots affect a planet's ability to support and sustain life? These are just some of the questions we will explore.

Dr. Walkowicz is a Kepler Postdoctoral Fellow in the Astronomy Department at the UC Berkeley. She studies magnetic activity in the atmospheres of cool stars through both observation and theory. She is active in the development of the next generation of ground-based telescopes as Chair of the Transient Working Group for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, and is a member of the team working to find earth-sized planets using the new Kepler space telescope.

Dr. Walkowicz grew up in New York City, before obtaining her undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins, and a PhD from the University of Washington. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing and writing comics, and painting.

Videography and editing by Chris Klein. This video is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us

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LUCIANNE WALKOWICZ: Explosions In The Sky: The New Era of Time-Domain Astronomy

http://www.ignitenyc.org/ - http://twitter.com/ignitenyc Lucianne Walkowicz, astronomer and multimedia artist, offers her perspective on cosmic events and the democratic implications of the upcoming LSST (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope). http://twitter.com/shaka_lulu http://www.astro.princeton.edu/~lucianne/ 5 minutes and 20 slides rotating automatically in front of NYC's brightest geeks, what would you say? For nearly two years Ignite NYC has cultivated a vibrant community of artists, technologists, thinkers, tinkerers, and personalities to connect, develop new relationships and projects, and answer this challenge. Enlighten us, but make it quick!

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Projects

Twisdom
02/27/2012 – present
Twisdom is aTwitter-based game designed for people to tap collective guidance for pressing existential questions. Players tweet questions and receive images and phrases as answer-replies. Our goal is to celebrate the unique ways in which people creatively interpret and visually answer universal questions.
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Biography

Lucianne Walkowicz studies the inscrutable faces of the stars for clues to the inner workings of their hearts. She got her taste for astronomy as an undergrad at Johns Hopkins, testing detectors for the Hubble Space Telescope’s new camera (installed in 2002). She also learned to love the dark stellar denizens of our galaxy, the red dwarfs, which became the topic of her PhD dissertation at University of Washington. Nowadays, she works on NASA’s Kepler mission, studying starspots and the tempestuous tantrums of stellar flares to understand stellar magnetic fields. She is particularly interested in how the high energy radiation from stars influences the habitability of planets around alien suns. Lucianne is also a leader in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, a new project that will scan the sky every night for 10 years to create a huge cosmic movie of our Universe. When her head isn’t in the stars, she draws comics, runs long distances, and brings the house down at karaoke.


Vital Stats

Fellows Class
TEDGlobal 2011
2013 TED Senior Fellow
Languages
-
Living in
Brooklyn, United States
Working in
Princeton,
Born in
New York, United States
Gender
Female

Contact

Twitter
@shaka_lulu
Websites
www.astro.princeton.edu/~lucianne

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