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Professor to use Kepler spacecraft to study stars

Dr. Michael Reed, professor in the department of physics, astronomy and materials science, received a grant for $12,000 from NASA for his projected titled “Understanding Extreme Horizontal Branch Stars via Asteroseismology.” The project will use NASA’s Kepler spacecraft to look at small variations in brightness of stars.

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Scoping out the sky: Professor eyes Earth-like planet

Are there planets out there like ours? Could they be capable of sustaining life? It’s questions like these that have been motivating Dr. Peter Plavchan, assistant professor of astronomy at Missouri State University, as he has been studying planets that orbit other stars besides our sun, known as exoplanets.

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Missouri Space Grant Consortium funds grant for astronomy research

The Missouri Space Grant Consortium recently granted $57,530 to Missouri State University from NASA. This money will be used to pay the salaries of five undergraduate and one graduate student researcher as they work with faculty, researching projects related to both astronomy and materials science (nanocomposites).

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Hydrogen drives future of energy

In physicist Dr. Robert Mayanovic’s laboratory at Missouri State University, which is one of 12 partner institutions in the United States funded through the Department of Energy’s Energy Frontier Research in Extreme Environments (EFree) center, he and his students are researching materials to extract hydrogen more efficiently to make it a readily available energy source.

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