A Lecture at UC-Berkeley on Science and Ethical Dilemmas in the Blogosphere
Published 11/27/2012 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
On November 26 2012, I gave a lecture at a UC-Berkeley for the course "Ethics for Astronomers" led by Paul Kalas, Professor in this university and colleague of mine for several years. I think this kind of courses is extremely important for graduate students who will face ethical issues in their career and need to learn early how to address them. In my lecture, I discussed first how my career was modified when I started blogging for the  Cosmic Diary of the International Year of Astronomy in January 2009 and some highlights in my work which are direct consequences of this... read more ❯

SETI REU students 2010 - "This is the end..."
Published 9/8/2010 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Three weeks ago was the final week of  the SETI REU students. It was a busy time for all of us since they had to wrap-up their work, write their report, and give their final presentations.  Keaton Burns from UC Berkeley and Bill Freeman from LSU, who worked under my supervision in this program, did a fantastic work over this 10-week internship. Since SETI Institute is a non-profit organization, it is not easy for the SETI researchers to find, attract... read more ❯

Galilean Night at UC-Berkeley
Published 10/17/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
I am forwarding on this blog an email fron Steve Croft that was sent to our public list of the astronomy department at UC-Berkeley. Our department will be hosting on Friday October 23 a "Galilean Nights". You are all welcome, I will try to be there, considering that I am attending a workshop at UC-Berkeley the same day.We have exciting news about a special event that we are hosting on Friday evening, October 23 in celebration of "Galilean Nights". We've obtained 65 "Galileoscope" kits, a simple but high-quality telescope with which you can view mountains on the Moon, the phases... read more ❯

Jupiter got a bruise.. only one but a large one.
Published 7/21/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Hello, Last Sunday I posted on my blog an announcement about the possible recent impact on Jupiter atmosphere. I did not realize that a lot of my colleagues read this blog. On Sunday evening Paul Kalas, an adjunct professor at UC-Berkeley, but also a colleague and a friend, contacted me to let me know that he was observing at Keck Observatory and could potentially observe this feature. Over the night, we discussed and prepared the observations. Interestingly, Paul is in sabbatical  in Crete (Greece), I was in San Francisco, and Mike Fitzgerald, recently hired professor at UCLA, was on the Big Island... read more ❯

Videos of talks
Published 2/27/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
A post about videos of talk today...  Last week, I mentioned that I gave a talk at SETI Institute, my host institution on my research about my research in the field of multiple asteroid systems. The talk was recorded and it can be seen on line on the SETI website or directly here. You can subscribe to the lecture video channel (and know when a new video is available) via iTunes or RSS.  With my colleagues at UC-Berkeley, we are organizing a monthly colloquium series under the auspice of the Year of Astronomy 2009. On January 17, Geoff Marcy gave a talk... read more ❯

Talk at SETI today - Tomorrow at UC-Berkeley
Published 2/18/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Hello, I have just given my talk at SETI Institute. I don't know why it is more stressful to give a talk in your host institution than somewhere else. :-) Anyway it went quite well since I talked about my recent work for the study of multiple asteroid systems. This is one of the most interesting works I have done over the last 6 years. I am glad I found a way to summarize it in a concise and logical way. In a few days, the video of my talk will be available on the SETI web site. All our scientific lectures... read more ❯

First day of 2009 in my office at UC-Berkeley
Published 1/6/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Today is Monday January 5 ** 2009 **. My first official day of the year in my office at UC-Berkeley. It is 8am o'clock, I am already in my office, the brain full of resolutions and motivations. I am sliding on my rolling chair from one computer to another one, typing frenetically on the keyboard to be more efficient. The goals of the day is to prepare the night of observation for the Very Large Telescope in Chile (see details next post available soon),  reply to all the important emails that I received while being in vacation (still 852 emails to... read more ❯