Frank Edmonds Memorial Fellowship Awarded to Raquel Martinez and Wenbin Lu
Raquel Martinez and Wenbin Lu have been awarded the 2015 Frank Edmonds Memorial Fellowship. The award is given to a second or third year graduate student who shows promise in research.
Raquel was chosen for her work with Dr. Adam Kraus on the PSF-fitting (Point Spread Function) search of archival Spitzer imaging data to identify wide-orbit planets around young stars. Outside of UT Austin, Raquel works on two other research projects, including a study of the young eclipsing binary system BM Ori with Dr. Seth Redfield of Wesleyan University, and a follow-up study of candidate debris disks from WISE with Dr. Deborah Padgett of Caltech.
Wenbin was chosen for his work with Dr. Pawan Kumar for outstanding contributions to research in gamma-ray bursts and the tidal disruption of stars by super-massive blackholes. He developed a method for determining the property of the star cluster in which a star explodes to produce a gamma-ray burst, and has also beautifully pieced together multi-wavelength data for a spectacular TDE (Tidal Disruption Event) that was detected a few years ago. Wenbin’s papers on these subjects have been well received.