Drinking Coffee, Writing Papers
Kris Stanek

Coffee is essential to human life, but at OSU Astronomy Department, coffee is also an important contributor to science. OSU's daily coffees seeds research across boundaries, and in this talk I will discuss two research directions that I work on resulting from OSU's astro-ph coffee discussions. The first idea, "Protecting Life in the Milky Way: Metals Keep the GRBs Away" formulates a hypothesis that gamma-ray bursts can only explode if the metallicity of the progenitor star is low. The second idea, "A Survey About Nothing: Monitoring a Million Supergiants for Failed Supernovae" examines how we could verify that all massive stars do indeed explode as core-collapse supernovae.