September 9, 2013 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Main Yurt
Tom Finkenbinder
The Gamma Ray Burst SIG and Outreach Update @ Main Yurt

Tom Finkenbinder, NOVAC Member

Monday, September 9, 2013, 10:00 am in the Yurt

The Gamma Ray Burst SIG and Outreach Update

The Gamma Ray Burst Special Interest Group (the GRBSIG) was built on Yahoo! Groups in 2006 with the support of NOVAC, the Astronomy Department at Penn State University, and the Swift satellite mission Principal Investigators office, NASA Goddard SFC (see http://swift.gsfc.nasa.gov/).  Gamma Ray Bursts are short-lived extra-galactic events, many times with observable features lasting a few hours to a few days.  Hundreds have been observed by satellite and terrestrial observatories since the launch of the Swift mission in 2004.  At AHSP, Tom Finkenbinder will be conducting a live demonstration of the GRBSIG site on Yahoo!  An additional discussion about outreach activities surrounding GRB study at Penn State and UNC Chapel Hill is planned.


Tom has been a NOVAC member since 2002, and served on the Board of Trustees for several years.  Earlier in his career, Tom worked as a feasibility and concept analyst for several space programs, and as a test engineer, predominantly with telephony and data communication systems.  Tom is a dual Penn State graduate in the electrical engineering and the MBA programs.  His experience with satellite systems, interest in amateur astronomy nurtured at NOVAC, and the Penn State connection converged into the Yahoo! Groups site, christened “The GRBSIG” in 2006.