IACS Seminar Chile Student Talk 2015-03-06
From Natasha Baker
Five Harvard graduate students will discuss their recent research trip to Chile to analyze data from the Dark Energy Camera (DECam). The DECam is one of the instruments used in the Dark Energy Survey (DES), an international effort “designed to probe the origin of the accelerating universe and help uncover the nature of dark energy." Collaborating with students at the University of Chile, Harvard students were separated into small teams and ask to identify and classify objects as galaxies, stars or asteroids. Designed by IACS Scientific Program Director and Lecturer Pavlos Protopapas, the two-week Chile-Harvard Innovative Learning Exchange Program is in its second year and aims to provide students the experience of working on international teams with noisy and imperfect data sets.