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Geraldine Peters

Professor (Research) of Physics and Astronomy

Contact Information
E-mail: gjpeters@mucen.usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-6336
Office: SHS 271

 

Education

Ph.D. Astronomy, University of California - Los Angeles, 3/1974
 

Description of Research

Research Specialties

Stellar Astrophysics, including Binary Stars, Stellar Abundances, Circumstellar Material About Hot Stars
 

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Hubble Space Telescope, Guest Observer, http://www.stsci.edu
NASA, GALEX Guest Investigator Program, http://www.galex.caltech.edu/
NASA, Kepler Guest Observer Program, http://keplergo.arc.nasa.gov/
Space Sciences Center, Research Professor
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Investigating the Physics of Mass Transfer in Algol Binaries from Spacecraft Data", Lecture/Seminar, Long Beach, CA, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, CSULB, Invited, 10/21/2013-  
"Accretion Structures in Algol-Type and Related Binary Stars", Lecture/Seminar, Denver, CO, University of Denver, Invited, 04/24/2013-  
"Evidence for Hot Spot Migration in Interacting Binaries Observed with the Kepler Spacecraft", AL-FEST: Current Insights and Future Prospects in Close Binary Research, Talk/Oral Presentation, University of Washington, University of Washington, Invited, 2011-2012   
"Spot Migration and Pulsation in the Interacting Binary WX Draconis", 220th Meeting of American Astronomical Society , Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Anchorage, AK, American Astronomical Society , 2011-2012   
"Working Group on Active B Stars: History & Prospects", XXVIII IAU General Assembly, Beijing, China , Talk/Oral Presentation, Beijing, China, International Astronomical Union, Invited, 2011-2012   
"Activity in B-Type Stars", USC Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, Talk/Oral Presentation, University of Southern California, USC WiSE Program, NSF, Invited, 2010-2011   
"The Abundances of Carbon and Nitrogen in the Photospheres of Active B Stars", 217th Meeting of American Astronomical Society, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Seattle, WA, American Astronomical Society, Invited, 2010-2011   
"The Use of Virtual Observatory Databases in Binary Star Research", From Interacting Binaries to Exoplanets: Essential Modeling Tools, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia, International Astronomical Union, Invited, 2010-2011   
 

Publications

Book

Coralie Neiner, Gregg Wade, Georges Meynet, Geraldine Peters (Ed.). (2011). Proceedings of IAU Symposium 272 (Active OB Stars: Structure, Evolution, Mass-Loss, and Critical Limits). Cambridge University Press.
 

Book Chapter

Peters, G. J., Hirschi, R. (2013). Evolution of High Mass Stars, in Vol. 4 "Stellar Structure and Evolution" for a compendium entitled "Planets, Stars, and Stellar Systems". Planets, Stars, and Stellar Systems (Vol. 4). pp. 38. Springer.
 

Journal Article

Peters, G. J., Pewett, T. D., Gies, D. R., Touhami, Y. N. (2013). FUV Detection of a Hot Subdwarf Companion to the Be Star 59 Cygni. Astrophysical Journal. Vol. 765, pp. A2/8pp.
Peters, G. J., Gies, D. R., Grundstrom, E. D., McSwain, M. V. (2008). Detection of a Hot Subdwarf Companion to the Be Star FY Canis Majoris. Astrophysical Journal. Vol. 686, pp. 1280-1291.
 

Proceedings

Peters, G. J. (2007). Bipolar Flows, Hot Interaction Regions, and Colliding Winds in OB Interacting Binaries/in Proceedings from IAU S240. In W. I. Hartkopf, E. F. Guinan, P. Harmanec (Ed.), pp. 148-153. Cambridge. International Astronomical Union/Cambridge University Press.
 

Service to the University

Committees

Member, Academic Senate Committee on Non-Tenure Track Faculty Affairs, 2011-2012   
Member, USC Dornsife WiSE Committee, 2011-2012   
Member, USC Academic Senate, 09/01/2009-05/15/2012  
Member, Dornsife Faculty Council/Research Caucus, 09/01/2008-05/15/2012  
Member, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Faculty Council, 09/01/2008-05/15/2012  
Member, WiSE Advisory Board, 09/01/2003-05/15/2011  
 

Service to the Profession

Committees

Chair, Working Group on Active B Stars, an inter-divisional working group of Divisions IV (Stars) & V (Variable Stars) of the International Astronomical Union. , 08/15/2009-08/30/2012  
Member, Scientific Organizing Committee for IAU Symposium No.282 "From Interacting Binaries to Exoplanets: Essential Modeling Tools", Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia, 2011 July 18-22., 08/01/2009-09/15/2011  
Member, Scientific Organizing Committee for IAU Symposium 272: "Active OB Stars: Structure, Evolution, Mass Loss, and Critical Limits", Paris, France, July 19-23, 2010, 08/15/2008-12/31/2010  
Co-Chair, Working Group on Active B Stars, an inter-divisional working group of Divisions IV (Stars) & V (Variable Stars) of the International Astronomical Union. , 09/01/2006-08/31/2009  
 

Conferences Organized

Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, AL-FEST: Current Insights and Future Prospects in Close Binary Research, Seattle, WA, Selected invited speakers., 2011-2012   
Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, IAU Symposium No.282 "From Interacting Binaries to Exoplanets: Essential Modeling Tools", Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia, I have been providing input for the organization of the meeting, including selection of the invited speakers and session chairs and input for the proceedings., 08/15/2009-08/15/2011  
Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, IAU Symposium 272: "Active OB Stars: Structure, Evolution, Mass Loss, and Critical Limits", Paris, France, I helped prepare the proposal for the conference to the IAU, select the speakers and participants who received IAU funding for travel, and suggested the title of the conference that was selected. I am also a co-editor of the proceedings book., 2009-2010   
 

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Editor-in-chief of this mini-journal that is published for the Working Group on Active B Stars for the International Astronomical Union, Be Star Newsletter, 01/01/1987-  
 

Professional Offices

Chair, International Astronomical Union-Working Group on Active B Stars, 08/15/2009-08/15/2012  
Co-Chair, International Astronomical Union-Working Group on Active B Stars, 08/01/2006-08/15/2009  
US National Committee-IAU,Category I, American Astronomical Society, 01/01/2004-12/31/2006  
Board of Directors, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 09/01/1984-08/31/1987  
 

Professional Memberships

International Astronomical Union, 08/01/1979-  
 

Other Service to the Profession

Director of Judging, California State Science Fair, 01/01/2003-  
 
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