Episode 74: Super Co-Host, Super Alex, Supernova

Before we bid our tearful farewells to Alex, Sabrina and Kiersten present and discuss two of his three publications. We learn how Alex developed and deployed a machine learning model to classify supernovae using only photometry from their host galaxies! Now that Alex is a *doctor*, he’s taking his machine learning and supernova expertise to MIT and Harvard. During the episode, Will peppers Alex with some important and some…less than important interview questions (we’ll let you decide which is which). Together the gang explores what happens when you try to replace your friend with an AI.

Paper Kiersten presented: https://arxiv.org/pdf/2105.09963.pdf

Paper Sabrina presented: https://arxiv.org/pdf/2305.08894.pdf

Another of Alex’s papers (for the supernova lovers): https://arxiv.org/pdf/2008.09630.pdf

Alex’s inspiration for Will’s space sound: https://twitter.com/alexgagliano/status/1648034047942066176?cxt=HHwWgICw1YSP_94tAAAA

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