Laura D. Vega

Laura D. Vega

  • POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 667
  • COLLEGE PARK , MD 207420001
  • Employer: UNIV OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK
  • Research Interests

    CRESST II & Heising-Simons Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

    • X-rays/UV flares from M dwarf stars
    • Post-AGB, Type II Cepheids, RV Tauri, circumbinary disks

    Education

    B. S. Physics, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, 2013

    M. A. Physics, Fisk University, Nashville, TN, 2017

    Ph. D. Astrophysics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2021

    Professional Societies

    Sigma Xi | The Scientific Research Society (ΣΞ), National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP), Toastmasters International - Chapters: NASA GSFC, Vanderbilt, and UTSA, Society for Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), American Physical Society (APS), American Astronomical Society (AAS), Sigma Pi Sigma | The Physics Honor Society (ΣΠΣ), LeaderShape Institute Alumna & Pebble Club, Society of Physics Students (SPS), 2008 - Present

    Grants

    06/01/2020 TESS Cycle 3 Guest Investigator Program, NASA

    Exploring the Star-Planet Connection via Simultaneous TESS and Swift Observations of Highly Active M Dwarfs

    ; Science Principal Investigator
    08/04/2015 Minority University Research Education Project (MUREP) Advanced STEM Training and Research (ASTAR) Harriett G. Jenkins Fellowship, NASA

    Stellar Evolution at the Crossroads: The True Colors of RV Tau Variable Stars

    ; Graduate Student Fellow
    05/03/2021 TESS Cycle 4 Guest Investigator Program, NASA

    Publications

    Refereed

    Paudel, R. R., T. Barclay, J. E. Schlieder, et al. E. V. Quintana, E. A. Gilbert, L. D. Vega, A. Youngblood, M. Silverstein, R. A. Osten, M. A. Tucker, D. Huber, A. Do, K. Hamaguchi, D. J. Mullan, J. E. Gizis, T. A. Monsue, K. D. Colón, P. T. Boyd, J. R. Davenport, and L. Walkowicz. 2021. "Simultaneous Multiwavelength Flare Observations of EV Lacertae." The Astrophysical Journal, 922 (1): 31 [10.3847/1538-4357/ac1946]

    Vega, L. D., K. G. Stassun, R. Montez, et al. T. Kamiński, L. Sabin, E. M. Schlegel, W. H. Vlemmings, J. H. Kastner, S. Ramstedt, and P. T. Boyd. 2021. "Multiwavelength Observations of the RV Tauri Variable System U Monocerotis: Long-term Variability Phenomena That Can Be Explained by Binary Interactions with a Circumbinary Disk." The Astrophysical Journal, 909 (2): 138 [10.3847/1538-4357/abe302]

    Gilbert, E. A., T. Barclay, J. E. Schlieder, et al. E. V. Quintana, B. J. Hord, V. B. Kostov, E. D. Lopez, J. F. Rowe, K. Hoffman, L. M. Walkowicz, M. L. Silverstein, J. E. Rodriguez, A. Vanderburg, G. Suissa, V. S. Airapetian, M. S. Clement, S. N. Raymond, A. W. Mann, E. Kruse, J. J. Lissauer, K. D. Colón, R. K. Kopparapu, L. Kreidberg, S. Zieba, K. A. Collins, S. N. Quinn, S. B. Howell, C. Ziegler, E. H. Vrijmoet, F. C. Adams, G. N. Arney, P. T. Boyd, J. Brande, C. J. Burke, L. Cacciapuoti, Q. Chance, J. L. Christiansen, G. Covone, T. Daylan, D. Dineen, C. D. Dressing, Z. Essack, T. J. Fauchez, B. Galgano, A. R. Howe, L. Kaltenegger, S. R. Kane, C. Lam, E. J. Lee, N. K. Lewis, S. E. Logsdon, A. M. Mandell, T. Monsue, F. Mullally, S. E. Mullally, R. R. Paudel, D. Pidhorodetska, P. Plavchan, N. T. Reyes, S. A. Rinehart, B. Rojas-Ayala, J. C. Smith, K. G. Stassun, P. Tenenbaum, L. D. Vega, G. L. Villanueva, E. T. Wolf, A. Youngblood, G. R. Ricker, R. K. Vanderspek, D. W. Latham, S. Seager, J. N. Winn, J. M. Jenkins, G. Bakos, C. Briceño, D. R. Ciardi, R. Cloutier, D. M. Conti, A. Couperus, M. Di Sora, N. L. Eisner, M. E. Everett, T. Gan, J. D. Hartman, T. Henry, G. Isopi, W.-C. Jao, E. L. Jensen, N. Law, F. Mallia, R. A. Matson, B. J. Shappee, M. Le Wood, and J. G. Winters. 2020. "The First Habitable-zone Earth-sized Planet from TESS. I. Validation of the TOI-700 System." The Astronomical Journal, 160 (3): 116 [10.3847/1538-3881/aba4b2]

    Kostov, V. B., J. E. Schlieder, T. Barclay, et al. E. V. Quintana, K. D. Colón, J. Brande, K. A. Collins, A. D. Feinstein, S. Hadden, S. R. Kane, L. Kreidberg, E. Kruse, C. Lam, E. Matthews, B. T. Montet, F. J. Pozuelos, K. G. Stassun, J. G. Winters, G. Ricker, R. Vanderspek, D. Latham, S. Seager, J. Winn, J. M. Jenkins, D. Afanasev, J. J. Armstrong, G. Arney, P. Boyd, G. Barentsen, K. Barkaoui, N. E. Batalha, C. Beichman, D. Bayliss, C. Burke, A. Burdanov, L. Cacciapuoti, A. Carson, D. Charbonneau, J. Christiansen, D. Ciardi, M. Clampin, K. I. Collins, D. M. Conti, J. Coughlin, G. Covone, I. Crossfield, L. Delrez, S. Domagal-Goldman, C. Dressing, E. Ducrot, Z. Essack, M. E. Everett, T. Fauchez, D. Foreman-Mackey, T. Gan, E. Gilbert, M. Gillon, E. Gonzales, A. Hamann, C. Hedges, H. Hocutt, K. Hoffman, E. P. Horch, K. Horne, S. Howell, S. Hynes, M. Ireland, J. M. Irwin, G. Isopi, E. L. Jensen, E. Jehin, L. Kaltenegger, J. F. Kielkopf, R. Kopparapu, N. Lewis, E. Lopez, J. J. Lissauer, A. W. Mann, F. Mallia, A. Mandell, R. A. Matson, T. Mazeh, T. Monsue, S. E. Moran, V. Moran, C. V. Morley, B. Morris, P. Muirhead, K. Mukai, S. Mullally, F. Mullally, C. Murray, N. Narita, E. Palle, D. Pidhorodetska, D. Quinn, H. Relles, S. Rinehart, M. Ritsko, J. E. Rodriguez, P. Rowden, J. F. Rowe, D. Sebastian, R. Sefako, S. Shahaf, A. Shporer, N. T. Reyes, P. Tenenbaum, E. B. Ting, J. D. Twicken, G. T. van Belle, L. Vega, J. Volosin, L. M. Walkowicz, and A. Youngblood. 2019. "The L 98-59 System: Three Transiting, Terrestrial-size Planets Orbiting a Nearby M Dwarf." The Astronomical Journal, 158 (1): 32 [10.3847/1538-3881/ab2459]

    Vega, L. D., K. G. Stassun, R. Montez Jr, P. T. Boyd, and G. Somers. 2017. "Evidence for Binarity and Possible Disk Obscuration inKeplerObservations of the Pulsating RV Tau Variable DF Cygni." The Astrophysical Journal, 839 (1): 48 [10.3847/1538-4357/aa67dd]

    Schlegel, E. M., C. Jones, M. Machacek, and L. D. Vega. 2016. "NGC 5195 IN M51: FEEDBACK “BURPS” AFTER A MASSIVE MEAL?" The Astrophysical Journal, 823 (2): 75 [10.3847/0004-637x/823/2/75]

    Selected Public Outreach

    Volunteer Astronomer at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum 10 / 2017 - Present

    Publications

    Refereed

    Paudel, R. R., T. Barclay, J. E. Schlieder, et al. E. V. Quintana, E. A. Gilbert, L. D. Vega, A. Youngblood, M. Silverstein, R. A. Osten, M. A. Tucker, D. Huber, A. Do, K. Hamaguchi, D. J. Mullan, J. E. Gizis, T. A. Monsue, K. D. Colón, P. T. Boyd, J. R. Davenport, and L. Walkowicz. 2021. "Simultaneous Multiwavelength Flare Observations of EV Lacertae." The Astrophysical Journal 922 (1): 31 [10.3847/1538-4357/ac1946]

    Vega, L. D., K. G. Stassun, R. Montez, et al. T. Kamiński, L. Sabin, E. M. Schlegel, W. H. Vlemmings, J. H. Kastner, S. Ramstedt, and P. T. Boyd. 2021. "Multiwavelength Observations of the RV Tauri Variable System U Monocerotis: Long-term Variability Phenomena That Can Be Explained by Binary Interactions with a Circumbinary Disk." The Astrophysical Journal 909 (2): 138 [10.3847/1538-4357/abe302]

    Gilbert, E. A., T. Barclay, J. E. Schlieder, et al. E. V. Quintana, B. J. Hord, V. B. Kostov, E. D. Lopez, J. F. Rowe, K. Hoffman, L. M. Walkowicz, M. L. Silverstein, J. E. Rodriguez, A. Vanderburg, G. Suissa, V. S. Airapetian, M. S. Clement, S. N. Raymond, A. W. Mann, E. Kruse, J. J. Lissauer, K. D. Colón, R. K. Kopparapu, L. Kreidberg, S. Zieba, K. A. Collins, S. N. Quinn, S. B. Howell, C. Ziegler, E. H. Vrijmoet, F. C. Adams, G. N. Arney, P. T. Boyd, J. Brande, C. J. Burke, L. Cacciapuoti, Q. Chance, J. L. Christiansen, G. Covone, T. Daylan, D. Dineen, C. D. Dressing, Z. Essack, T. J. Fauchez, B. Galgano, A. R. Howe, L. Kaltenegger, S. R. Kane, C. Lam, E. J. Lee, N. K. Lewis, S. E. Logsdon, A. M. Mandell, T. Monsue, F. Mullally, S. E. Mullally, R. R. Paudel, D. Pidhorodetska, P. Plavchan, N. T. Reyes, S. A. Rinehart, B. Rojas-Ayala, J. C. Smith, K. G. Stassun, P. Tenenbaum, L. D. Vega, G. L. Villanueva, E. T. Wolf, A. Youngblood, G. R. Ricker, R. K. Vanderspek, D. W. Latham, S. Seager, J. N. Winn, J. M. Jenkins, G. Bakos, C. Briceño, D. R. Ciardi, R. Cloutier, D. M. Conti, A. Couperus, M. Di Sora, N. L. Eisner, M. E. Everett, T. Gan, J. D. Hartman, T. Henry, G. Isopi, W.-C. Jao, E. L. Jensen, N. Law, F. Mallia, R. A. Matson, B. J. Shappee, M. Le Wood, and J. G. Winters. 2020. "The First Habitable-zone Earth-sized Planet from TESS. I. Validation of the TOI-700 System." The Astronomical Journal 160 (3): 116 [10.3847/1538-3881/aba4b2]

    Kostov, V. B., J. E. Schlieder, T. Barclay, et al. E. V. Quintana, K. D. Colón, J. Brande, K. A. Collins, A. D. Feinstein, S. Hadden, S. R. Kane, L. Kreidberg, E. Kruse, C. Lam, E. Matthews, B. T. Montet, F. J. Pozuelos, K. G. Stassun, J. G. Winters, G. Ricker, R. Vanderspek, D. Latham, S. Seager, J. Winn, J. M. Jenkins, D. Afanasev, J. J. Armstrong, G. Arney, P. Boyd, G. Barentsen, K. Barkaoui, N. E. Batalha, C. Beichman, D. Bayliss, C. Burke, A. Burdanov, L. Cacciapuoti, A. Carson, D. Charbonneau, J. Christiansen, D. Ciardi, M. Clampin, K. I. Collins, D. M. Conti, J. Coughlin, G. Covone, I. Crossfield, L. Delrez, S. Domagal-Goldman, C. Dressing, E. Ducrot, Z. Essack, M. E. Everett, T. Fauchez, D. Foreman-Mackey, T. Gan, E. Gilbert, M. Gillon, E. Gonzales, A. Hamann, C. Hedges, H. Hocutt, K. Hoffman, E. P. Horch, K. Horne, S. Howell, S. Hynes, M. Ireland, J. M. Irwin, G. Isopi, E. L. Jensen, E. Jehin, L. Kaltenegger, J. F. Kielkopf, R. Kopparapu, N. Lewis, E. Lopez, J. J. Lissauer, A. W. Mann, F. Mallia, A. Mandell, R. A. Matson, T. Mazeh, T. Monsue, S. E. Moran, V. Moran, C. V. Morley, B. Morris, P. Muirhead, K. Mukai, S. Mullally, F. Mullally, C. Murray, N. Narita, E. Palle, D. Pidhorodetska, D. Quinn, H. Relles, S. Rinehart, M. Ritsko, J. E. Rodriguez, P. Rowden, J. F. Rowe, D. Sebastian, R. Sefako, S. Shahaf, A. Shporer, N. T. Reyes, P. Tenenbaum, E. B. Ting, J. D. Twicken, G. T. van Belle, L. Vega, J. Volosin, L. M. Walkowicz, and A. Youngblood. 2019. "The L 98-59 System: Three Transiting, Terrestrial-size Planets Orbiting a Nearby M Dwarf." The Astronomical Journal 158 (1): 32 [10.3847/1538-3881/ab2459]

    Vega, L. D., K. G. Stassun, R. Montez Jr, P. T. Boyd, and G. Somers. 2017. "Evidence for Binarity and Possible Disk Obscuration inKeplerObservations of the Pulsating RV Tau Variable DF Cygni." The Astrophysical Journal 839 (1): 48 [10.3847/1538-4357/aa67dd]

    Schlegel, E. M., C. Jones, M. Machacek, and L. D. Vega. 2016. "NGC 5195 IN M51: FEEDBACK “BURPS” AFTER A MASSIVE MEAL?" The Astrophysical Journal 823 (2): 75 [10.3847/0004-637x/823/2/75]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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