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Gregory Mace, 2007 Space Grant Intern, 2008 NAU Grad

Gregory Mace, 2007 Space Grant Intern, 2008 NAU Grad

While a student at NAU, Gregory Mace participated in two Space Grant Internships. He worked closely with Dr. Lisa Prato at Lowell Observatory to study young, low-mass stars. This work combined almost 20 years of astronomical observations and resulted in two published papers that reveal the gravitational interactions in two- and three-star systems.

Gregory is now a graduate student at UC Los Angeles and a Visiting Graduate Student Fellow at IPAC (the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center). As a member of the UCLA Infrared Laboratory he assembled, modified, and tested MOSFIRE (the Multi-Object Spectrometer for Infra-Red Exploration). This state-of-the-art Cassegrain instrument on the Keck I telescope allows astronomers to observe up to 46 objects simultaneously. These observations produce spectra, which reveal information about stellar composition, star formation, and distant galaxies. Working with the WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) Brown Dwarf Team at IPAC, Gregory has observationally confirmed over 100 of the coolest brown dwarfs in the solar neighborhood. Also, as a graduate student he founded the award winning UCLA astronomy outreach group, Astronomy Live!. This student led group organizes school visits and the annual UCLA science day 'Exploring Your Universe'. For his work founding this group Gregory was awarded the Rudnick-Abelmann Scholarship by the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy.
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