1998. 000- Christopher John Kennedy (' 87 AB) and Sheellah Kennedy of Brunswick, Maine; twin daughters, Adrienne Anne Kennedy and Erika Jane Kennedy, on July 22, 1998. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 000- Sheryl Denny Siek (' 87 BSPHR) and William G. Siek of Charlotte; a daughter, Brenna Marie Siek, on March 20, 1998. 000- Jesse Heywood Washburn II (' 87 AB) and Susannah Rus- sell Washburn (' 91 AB); a daughter, Lillian Fordlum Washburn, on July 11, 1998. 000- Frank DeArmon Whitney (' 87 MBA/JD) and Catherine G. Whitney of Charlotte; a daughter, Frances Hunter Whitney, on Feb. 1, 1998.000- Scott Andrew Young (' 87 BSMS) and Susan Dykema Young of Charlotte; a son, Jonathan Lee Young, on May 21, 1998.
, 88 Elizabeth Gardner Braxton
(' 88, ' 90 AB]O) of Lexington
is director of the Lexington
Memorial Hospital Foundation. E-mail:
email@example.com. 000- Todd Wof-
ford Gossett (' 88 ABJO) of Lompac, Calif., a
captain in the Air Force, recently was desig-
nated a distinguished graduate of the Air
Force Weapons School. He has started a new
assignment as a space weapons officer at Van-
denberg Air Force Base, Calif. E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. ooo- Dr. Kiran Cummings
Harrill (' 88 AB) of Hickory has joined
Catawba Pediatric Associates for the practice
of pediatrics and adolescent medicine. 000-
David Earl Pardue III (' 88 AB) of
Nashville, Tenn., is a solo recording artist and
has a record due for release late trus year. E-
mail: email@example.com. 000- Emily Pleasants
Sternberg (' 88 AB, ' 94 MBA) of Wyndmoor,
Pa., has been named manager of custom extras
for American Express. 000- Scott Frederick
Sternberg (' 88 AB) of Wyndmoor, Pa., is
marketing manager for @Home Network, a
provider of Internet services over cable lines.
000- Andrew Todd Trincia (' 88 ABJO) of
Boston has been promoted to director ofgov-
ernn1.ent relations at Fidelity Investments.
Trincia, who handles state and federal legisla-
tive issues, had been a spokesperson in the
company's media relations department. 000- S.
Angela Welch (' 88 AB) ofAsheville, formerly
of BB&T, is a mortgage loan originator at
High Street Banking Co.
Seeing What's in the Stars
colleagues focused their attention on two
particular small nebulae, M1-91 and M1-92,
the latter known as Minkowski's Footprint.
They thought these nebulae might show
the telltale signs of
exploded sideways like a disc instead of a
cloud. Her work challenged previous scien-
tific theories about how far the star really
is from Earth.
The team studied the
stars for four years
before gaining permis-
sion to capture images
using the Hubble Tele-
scope. Using specialized
analysis, they found
what they were looking Susan Trammell' 89 Kem,it B, I/IG""on Galette
for - streams of gas
unable to be seen with ground-based
equipment. The phenomenon had never
been observed before in such young nebu-
lae, and Trammell says further research
should help narrow possible causes of the
outflows and offer information on the fate
of the sun.
"Some nebulae form into symmetrical
shapes that look like dumbbells, and some
might possibly be binary stars:' Trammell
explained."Studying the shapes of the stars
and the characteristics of the gas outflows - Deena Deese KlImon ' 93
will help us understand more about their
This landmark discovery came just two
years after Trammell was credited with find-
ing a flat supernova-a massive star that
Five billion years ago: The sun is born.
1609: Galileo invents the telescope and
begins man's intense scrutiny of the stars.
1967: Pulsars, intense pulsating stars,
are discovered. And Susan Rebecca
Trammell ' 89 is born. Soon she will follow
in the footsteps of the scientists before her
by watching the stars and wondering what
secrets they hold.
"I have always been interested in the
stars, but I really had no plans to study them
full time. Intro astronomy at UNC hooked
me, and I changed my mind," Trammell
said. She recalls using the 24-inch telescope
many times as an undergraduate and has
high regard for Morehead Planetarium.
Now an assistant professor and the only
female faculty member in her department
at UNC-Charlotte, Trammell specializes in
planetary nebulae research.
"Planetary nebulae are the grand finale
of stellar evolution for stars. I focus my
research on how and why they die," said
Trammell, who received her master's and
doctoral degrees from the University of
Texas at Austin.
As the hydrogen and helium that fuel a
star begin to deplete, the stars begin to
break down. Some of these nebulae shoot
out fast-moving streams of gas, or jets, into
space as the star dies. Trammell and two
research can take a rela-
More Information about Tramme"'s worlr,
including images she photographed using the
Hubble Telescope, can be found online at
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