It is a pleasure to announce that Dr Bert Pablo will be joining the AAVSO as the new Staff Astronomer. Bert received his Astronomy PhD from Iowa State University, and then joined the BRITE constellation collaboration at the University of Montreal. His research is on Heartbeat stars. These are stars in binary systems which have highly elliptical orbits; the two stellar components interact gravitationally and induce pulsations on eachother every time they reach their closest encounter. Those light curves are a combination of pulsating stars and eclipsing binaries – two phenomena in one system! Bert also has a wide range of programming and database skills, and will help us curate our various databases and software at HQ. You can find more information about Bert at: https://www.aavso.org/bert-pablo
Bert will start his tenure at headquarters in July. I hope that you will have the chance to meet him in person at the 2017 Annual meeting in Nashville, TN (or in a subsequent meeting). Please join me in welcoming our new team member at the AAVSO. We are all looking forward to a fruitful collaboration.
Best wishes – clear skies,