News from the Department (2024)

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January 2024

  • One of Astronomy's distinguished Research Scientists, Dr. A. Surjalal Sharma, passed away on Friday Jan 5th.
    A pioneer in the prediction of space weather, Surja was awarded many honors and prizes, including the Lorenz Prize, the top AGU prize for nonlinear geophysics. He was Associate Director of PHaSER and of the Goddard Planetary Heliophysics Institute.
    Surja was a key member of our space physics group for more than 45 years, joining our department in 1987. In 2011, he was the inaugural winner of our college's Distinguished Research Scientist Prize. In addition to his research, he frequently taught our undergraduate courses, and was.a superb mentor to many of our students and local high school students, winning our department Mentoring award the first year it was offered.
    Those of us who had the good fortune to interact with Surja know that he was unfailingly kind and thoughtful, and will be greatly missed.
    More on Surja and on his distinguished career is available in this tribute.

  • USA Today recently published a special edition "NASA at 65 On Target" with several interesting articles. "Pathway to NASA" mentions CRESST (p60), UMD is mentioned in "Universe-ities" (p64) while GSFC is mentioned several times. But the hightlight (for us!) is the article "Rumbling in the Cosmos" (p70) featuring Dr. Elizabeth Ferrara talking about her research on pulsars and gravitational waves.

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