The measurement of stellar oscillations - also called asteroseismology - is among the most powerful observational tools to study the structure and evolution of stars. The high precision photometry collected by the Kepler space telescope has revolutionized asteroseismology over the past few years by boosting the number of stars with detected oscillations by nearly two orders of magnitude over ground-based efforts, and delivering data with unprecedented signal-to-noise. In this talk I will highlight some of the recent breakthrough discoveries by the Kepler Mission, focusing in particular on the internal composition and rotation of red giants and the study of fundamental properties in large ensembles of stars throughout the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. I will furthermore present results for an ensemble of ~80 Kepler Objects of Interest for which accurate host star and planet candidate properties have been determined using asteroseismology.
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts, 2013, Vol 221