STAR Program Description

The STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program offers pre-service and early career K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) teachers paid summer research experiences in leading national, independent, and university laboratories thereby allowing participants to pursue a prestigious dual "teacher-researcher" career path. With the guidance of a research mentor, STAR Fellows work on original science projects for 8 to 9 weeks. Weekly education workshops and an opening and closing conference provide context and opportunities for STAR Fellows to consider how the "doing of science" may be translated into the "teaching of science." At the closing conference STAR Fellows present their research in a poster session or oral presentation. The ultimate goals of the STAR program are to enhance the recruitment, preparation, and retention of quality science and math teachers. The STAR program was founded and implemented by the Cal Poly Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME) and administered on behalf of the California State University (CSU) system. Through 2012, the program's sixth year, STAR has supported 290 internships for participants representing 22 CSU and 21 others campuses and has included placements at 20 different lab sites. Examples of STAR Fellows' research posters and presentations are available below sorted alphabetically by lab site.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0952013 and contributions from philanthropic foundations. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

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Evolution of Perturbations in Flow Field Mechanics, Samantha R. Bell, David Forliti, Nils Sedano, and Kriss Vanderhyde

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Does a Plastron Improve Heat Transfer?, Madani A. Khan, Jeffrey Alston, and Andrew Guenthner

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injector Configuration and Development of a Methodology to Scale Between Cold-Flow and Hot-Fire Evaluations, ILIAN ANGEL ROJAS and Nils Sedano

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Particle Image Velocimetry of Transverse Jets in Crossflow, Jesse K. Tsai, Kayla Kuzmich, David Forliti, Kriss Vanderhyde, and Nils Sedano

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Extending the Shelf Life of Solid Rocket Motors Through Mechanical Activation of, Emilio J. Cantu, Hope Klukovich, and Timothy Haddad

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Use of Thermodynamic Models for Optimizing Fuel Treatment Processes, Shawn PJ Kirby and Andrew Guenthner

NASA Ames Research Center (ARC)

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Analyzing the Performance of the SOFIA Infrared Telescope, Sarah M. Bass, Jeffrey Van Cleve, and Zaheer Ali

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If it Isn’t Tested, it Doesn’t Work: Automated Verification of SOFIA Data Handling Software, Garrett Holthaus, Brett Stroozas, and Zaheer Ali

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Optimizing Electrode Design for Microbial Fuel Cells Used for Wastewater Treatment, Lindsay Nichols and John A. Hogan

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Validation of Data Reduction Interactive Pipeline for FORCAST on SOFIA, Brent C. Nicklas, William T. Reach, and Sachindev S. Shenoy

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The Standard New Astronomy Cryostat for SOFIA: A Design for Cryogen-Free Infrared Astronomy, Carey F. Scott, Jeffrey Van Cleve, Eric Burgh, earl T. Daley, Ali Kashani, and Zaheer Ali

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Mechanical Design of PIRD (Principal Investigator Rack Drawer) for SOFIA, Hari Prasad Shetty Mr., Murali Krishna Kandlagunta Mrs., John Miles Mr., and Zaheer Ali Mr.

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Abundance Patterns in the Spiral Galaxy Messier 33, Melissa A. Siemer and Ravi Sankrit

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Seeing Through A Cloudy Glass: Putting Limits On Planetary Nebulae Abundances Using Photoionization Modeling., Peter R. Sullivan and Ravi Sankrit

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Life Support: Long Term Storage of Solid Waste in an Enclosed Membrane System, Emmy O. Trieu, Michael Flynn, and Rocco Mancinelli

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FLITECAM Data Process Validation, Jesse K. Tsai, Sachindev S. Shenoy, Brent Cedric Nicklas, Zaheer Ali, and William T. Reach

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Integration and Testing of Safety Case Tool Support, Sarah Bass, Ewen Denney, and Josef Pohl

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Integration of FOB System to Crew Transfer Bag, Michaela Brant and Michael Flynn

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Simplified Microbial Mats: Unraveling a complex community one alga at a time., Donna A. Dela Calzada, Brad M. Bebout, and Angela Detweiler

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The effects of low dose gamma radiation on the production of bone cell communication factors, Anna DeNeui, Ruth Globus, L. Tran, and A. Kumar

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Analyzing Wind Turbine Controller Effects on Structure Stress, Leo Groner and Susan Frost

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NASA Flight Opportunities Program (FOP) Platform Tradeoffs Analysis, Stephanie Kugler and Dougal Maclise

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Synthesis and Characterization of Graphene Oxide, Jeremy A. Waddell, Arthur Cheng, and Bin Chen

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Electrical Energy Storage: Synthesis of Metal Oxide Nanostructures for Potential Use in Flow Cell Batteries, Robin Young, Cristina Javier, Alex LeGrande, and Bin Chen

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Vapor Liquid Solid Growths of Germanium and Gallium Antimonide Nanowires, Ralph Alvarez, Esmeralda Arreola, Michael Oye, and Meyya Meyyappan

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Micro-Satellite Constellation for Global Surface Water Data, Arron Apperson and Vern Vanderbilt

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Forward Osmosis Bag: Ground Testing the Prospect of Using Alternative Water Sources for Drinking Water, Michaela Marie Brant, Ariella Yendler, Mona Hammoudeh, and Michael T. Flynn

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NASA Robot Project, Azi Crawford, Mark Leon, and Terry Grant

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MATLAB Based Algorithm to Find the Remaining State Of Charge, Ishrat Khatoon, Bhaskar Saha, and Kai Goebe

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NASA Robotics Academy Lunar Micro – Rover Project: Radiation Analysis, Daniel Ruiz, Michael Zwach, Vasha Dutell, Taylor Wilson, Lauren Gossen, and Mark Leon

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A Study of Ozone at Railroad Valley, NV and Trinidad Head, CA, Sarah L. Salazar, Laura T. Iraci, and Emma L. Yates

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Wavelength Selective Photovoltaics for Low Cost Electricity Generation, Leona Wong, Brad Bebout, Leslie Bebout, Sue Carter, and Erich Fleming

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Tunable Synthesis of Tungsten(VI) oxide Nanowires for Solar Powered Thin Film Devices, Nicholas Zabalza, Alex LeGrande, and Bin Chen

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SWaMP: Surface Water Monitoring Project, Arron Apperson and Vern Vanderbilt

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Zero G and Me: Modeling Cardiovascular Dynamics from Echocardiography and Impedance Cardiography during Parabolic Flight, Margaret Dominguez, Patricia Cowings, and Bill Toscano

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Utilization of remote Scanning Electron Microscope (rSEM) as a Science Teaching Tool for Public School Students, Patty Hay, Richard Boyle, and Joseph Varelas

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Automated Theorem Prover Axiom Management, Ashley T. Holeman and Ewen Denney

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Prognostics and Health Management of Batteries and Composites, Ishrat Khatoon, Bhaskar Saha, Abhinav Saxena, and Kai Goebel

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Designing a Deep Space Bioregenarative System, Hiram Lopez, Khrissaundra Journey, and Richard Boyle

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Pre-earthquake Signatures in Thermal Infrared and Radar Data, Stephanie Oliver, Shamma Alqassim, Steve Roth, and Vern Vanderbilt

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Carbon-based Materials for Extracting Urea to Recycle Waste Water in Space Applications, Chuong Vu, Eduardo Nicolau, Tra-my Justine Richardson, Carlos R. Cabrera, and Michael Flynn

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Algae and Cyanobacteria Behavior with Fixed Variables for Space Missions, Leona Wong, Brad Bebout, and Erich Fleming

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Photocatalytic Conversion of CO2 into CH4, Nicholas Zabalza, Alex LeGrande, Tuan Tran, Kathy Hong, and Bin Chen

California State University, Fresno (CSU Fresno)

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San Joaquin River's Sediment Textural Features, Erika Arreguin-Cazarez

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Geochemical Analysis Of Ice Age River Deposits From Turlock Lake Formation, Cemex Quarry Fresno, Ca, Ray J. Bargas

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San Joaquin River Grain Size, Anallely Ceballos

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Wastewater Filtration Using Dunaliella primolecta, Scenedesmus dimorphus and Chlorella vulgaris, Tamar Melkonian, Angeles Mora, and Alejandro Calderon-Urrea

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Growing Conditions for Algae, Angeles Mora, Tamar Melkonian, and Alejandro Calderon-Urrea

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Using Strat Columns to Interpret Sequence Stragraphy of Glacial Driven Stream Deposits of the Acient San Joaquin River, Kyle R. Scharton

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Bead Based Multiplexing for the Simultaneous Detection of Salmonella enterica, Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli, Francisco Fernandez, Karamveer Singh, Sonam Sahni, and Alejandro Calderon-Urrea

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Identifying Molecular Markers Associated with Salt and Boron Tolerance in Poplar Trees, Darshanpreet Gill, Nathan Follen, Davis W. Cheng, Kyan Salehi, Gary Banuelos, and James P. Prince

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The Effects of Temperature and Ovarian Stage on Vitellin Concentrations in Sicyonia Ingentis, Lacee Sherman, Brian Tsukimura, Robert Delmanowski, and Alan Terusaki

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Detection of Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli O157 and Listeria monocytogenes through bead based Magpix® fluidics, Karamveer Singh, Francisco Fernandez, Sonam Sahni, and Alejandro Calderón-Urrea

California State University, Sacramento (Sac State)

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Mother Convict Cichlids Inflict More Bites Upon an Intruder in Hot Temperatures, Jesse L. Heckendorf

Complex Biotic Interactions in a California Vernal Pool Ecosystem, Korena S. Hendryx and Jamie Keitel

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Aquaponics and Basil Plant Density, Danika L. MacMaster, Brook Murphy, and Dudley Burton

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Local Buckling Behavior of Round Steel Tubes Subjected to Compressive Loads, Joseph Moore and Ben Fell

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Assessment of Salmon Habitat on the Feather River, Nathan Sweem

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Updating and Revising Star Camera for Future Flights of Balloon Borne Experiment, Krystle N. Sy and Seth Hillbrand

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Detection of Microbial Catecholamines in a Model Wound Environment, Ryan F. Wasurick

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)

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FOSS Big Data Storage Solution, Gary L. Jaffe

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Big Data Storage Solution, Dulce P. Ramirez

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FOSS Big Data Storage Solution, nurdeen salami

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Characterization of Samples for Optimization of Infrared Stray Light Coatings, Carey L. Baxter, Rebecca Salvemini, Zaheer A. Ali, Patrick Waddell, Greg Perryman, and Bob Thompson

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Program Performance Analysis for the Flight Opportunities Program, Kirsten M. Fogg and Ronald M. Young

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Chemical Compatibility Study of Anti-Corrosive Materials for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), Belyn Nicole Grant, Zaheer Ali, Greg Perryman, Stefan Teufel, and Brian Eney

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Designing a Cold Source to be Integrated with the Existing Telescope Assembly Alignment Simulator, Rebecca L. Salvemini, Carey Baxter, Zaheer Ali, Greg Perryman, Robert Thompson, and Daniel Nolan

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Tools and Methods to Optimize the Analysis of Telescopic Performance Metrics on SOFIA, Steven R. Wilson, Holger Jakob, Stefan Teufel, Zaheer Ali, Jeffrey Van Cleve, Brian Eney, and Greg Perryman

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Evaluation and Calibration of the Focusing, and Tilting and Chopping Mechanisms of SOFIA, Brian Eney, Joshua Thompson, Holger Jakob, Jeffrey Van Cleve, Zaheer A. Ali, Alan Hatakeyama, and Matt Dillman

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Mathematical Modeling of Technology Payloads to Predict Expected Flight Need, Kirsten M. Fogg and Mark Collard

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Telescope Assembly Alignment Simulator Performance Optimization, Joshua G. Thompson, Brian Eney, Zaheer Ali, and Bob Thompson

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Freeing Space for NASA: Incorporating a Lossless Compression Algorithm Into NASA's Fiber Optic Strain Sensing System, Kaitlyn Fiechtner and Allen Parker

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Sitting in the Pilot's Seat: Optimizing Human-Systems Interfaces for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Steven Michael Queen and Kurt Sanner

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Analysis of Compression Algorithm in Ground Collision Avoidance Systems, Tyler Schmalz and Jack Ryan

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Determination Of Water Vapor For Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy Aircraft (SOFIA), Michelle Wen, Edward Teets, and Christopher Busby

Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB)

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Using Modeling and Simulation to Analyze Complex Aircraft, Kimberlee Margosian and Jason Lechniak

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Simulation of Wing Tip Vortices, Ryan Termath, Jason Lechniak, and Keerti bhamidipati

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

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Developing a Biophysical Model to Determine the Minimum Water Requirement for Irrigating Known Crops, Robyn M. Williams and Lahaouri Bounoua

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Using the Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) to Observe Trends in Pollutants, James Ruff and Charles Gatebe

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The Coolest Place in the World, Joseph Spekterman and Alan Kogut

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Analyzing Sun Photometer Data to Discover Trends and to Create Educational Activities for Students, Robyn Williams and Charles Gatebe

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

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Environmental Testing of Lasers for JPL's Cold Atom Laboratory, Carey L. Baxter

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Phylogenetic Diversity of Microbial Isolates from the Mars Pathfinder, Kyla BradyLong, Adriana Blachowicz, Parag Vaishampayan, James N. Benardini, and Wayne Schubert

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Space RACE: Capturing an Orbiting Sample and a Nation’s Imagination, Stephanie La Liberte, Andrew Chavarin, Shubham Gogna, C. Daniel Thomas, Vy Phung, and Gabriel Udomkesmalee

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How Clean is the Clean Room?, Erik J. McFarland

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Using Remote Sensing Data to Predict the Spread of Mosquito Borne Disease, Mary Ellen O'Donnell and Erika Podest

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Laser Frequency Stabilization for LISA, Andrew B. Parker, Andrew J. Sutton, and Glenn De Vine

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Exploring Soil Moisture Protocol Alternatives for the Classroom Setting, Garrett Smith

Archival and Analysis of Sea Ice Thickness in the Arctic Ocean Based on On-Ice In Situ Historical Measurements, Lesley Anderson

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Engineering Design: Sample Return Mission, Erol Chandler, Moogega Cooper, and Kimberly Lykens

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From the Laboratory to the Classroom: Characterization of Microorganisms Residing on Mars-Based Spacecraft, Ryan Hendrickson

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Juxtaposing NASA’s AERONET AOD with CARB PM data over the San Joaquin Valley to facilitate Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) PM pollution research, John Kanemoto

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Preservation of Biosignature Molecules in Potential Sample Return Container of the Mars 2020 Mission, Kimberly E. Lykens and Fei Chen Ph.D

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Detection of Viable Microorganisms Using Propidium Monoazide, Erik J. McFarland and Adrian Ponce Dr.

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Characterization of the Drilling via the Vibration Augmenter of Rotary-Drills and Sound Signal Processing of Impacted Pipe as a Potential Water Height Assessment Tool, Nicholas Morris

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Inter-Comparison of Forward Radiative Transfer Computer Models, Jesse Venegas, Anthony Davis, Michael Garay, and Olga Kalashnikova

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Raman Mapping of Mars Relevant Minerals Using Multiple Excitation Wavelenghts, Victoria Campbell and William Abbey

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Impact of Neutron Irradiation on the Thermoelectric Properties of Rare Earth‐Based Thermoelectric Materials, Zachary Chandler, Sabah Bux, Chen-Kuo Huang, Jagdishbhai Patel, Jean-Pierre Fleurial, and Thierry Caillat

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Playing "Hide and Seek" With Binary Stars, Elin Deeb and Raghvendra Sahai

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To Mask or Not to Mask: Using a Model‐Based Barameter to Detect Vegetation Changes from Polarimetric and Interferometric Radar Data, Kaitlyn Fiechtner and Marco LaValle