News from the Department (2020)

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April 2020

  • Undergraduate student Caleb Harada has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship. Caleb plans to pursue a graduate degree next year. To learn more, visit the CMNS announcement here.

March 2020

  • Dr. Sylvain Veilleux and Graduate Student Robyn Smith contributed to recent research efforts using the Chandra X-Ray Observatory in the search for an axion particle. Read the Chandra Press Release.

February 2020

  • The Department of Astronomy thanks Dr. Ralph Pass (Math Ph.D. 1978) for his gift of $25,000 to seed a Mike A'Hearn Endowed Lectureship. This gift is for an annual prize lecture on the topic of planetary astronomy. The Department will be seeking other contributions, big and small, to reach the full $100,000 target for the endowment.

    An annual lecture is a wonderful way to remind us, and the broader community, of Dr. A'Hearn's influence as a scientist and human being, and we are very grateful to Dr. Pass for his generous gift.
  • Congratulations to Drake Deming, Grace Deming, Gerry Share, and Peter Teuben for being inducted in the first group of AAS Fellows!

January 2020

  • Congratulations to Dr. Quanzhi Ye who co-discovered an asteroid with an orbit that had only been hypothesized until now. To learn more, visit the CMNS website.
  • Dr. Suvi Gezari is quoted in an article in Science about black holes and the emissions of tidal disruption events (TDE). Dr. Gezari presented on this subject at the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). To read more, visit the Science article here.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Sylvain Veilleux and JSI who helped discover the farthest galaxy group identified to date. The discovery was recently presented at the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu. To learn more, visit the CMNS website.
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