News from the Department (2017)

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February 2017

  • Professor Cole Miller was quoted in a Space.com article discussing an intermediate-mass black hole found inside of a globular cluster.
  • Dr. Neil Gehrels, Chief of the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory at NASA/Goddard, passed away on February 6, 2017. His many accomplishments and undertakings included serving as Principal Investigator for Swift, Project Scientist for WFIRST, and Deputy Project Scientist for Fermi. He was a University of Maryland College Park Professor and a good friend of the Department of Astronomy. He will be sorely missed.
  • Assistant Professor Suvi Gezari's paper on quazars was featured in AAS Nova. She and a team of scientists discovered that quazar iPTF 16bco had "turned on" within 500 days of their observations. To read Suvi's paper, click here.

January 2017

  • Professor Michael A'Hearn was quoted in an article for Science Magazine. The article is focused on the 2 news NASA missions, Lucy and Psyche, that will be looking further into small solar system bodies.

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