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Stephan McCandliss and team awarded Astrophysics Research Analysis Grant

NASA has awarded Physics and Astronomy Research Professor Stephan McCandliss, and his Co-Investigators at Goddard Space Flight Center lead by S. Harvey Moseley, a 5-year, $4.4M Astrophysics Research Analysis (APRA) grant to develop the next generation of a sounding rocket borne experiment called the Far-UV Off Rowland-circle Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy (FORTIS).


Rosemary F.G. Wyse Named AAAS Fellow

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named Rosemary F.G. Wyse has been an AAAS Fellow by her peers at the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Each year AAAS elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.”


Freshman Seminar Students Host Astronomy Outreach Fair

Students from the astronomy freshman seminar “The Unsolved Mysteries of the Cosmos” hosted their Astronomy Outreach Fair this week for nearly 100 guests. The students, for their final project, were tasked to develop an original, engaging outreach activity related to some aspect of astronomy discussed in the course.


“Niels Bohr: Life Behind the Physics” Presented by Vilhelm Bohr, Sept 22

In a joint colloquium with the Department of History of Science and Technology, Niels Bohr’s grandson, Vilhelm Bohr, will present “Niels Bohr: Life Behind the Physics” on Thursday, September 22nd at 3:30 in Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center room 272.


Rosemary Wyse Named 2016 Blaauw Professor; Will Give the Blaauw Lecture

Prof. Rosemary Wyse has been named the 2016 Blaauw Professor, and will give the Blaauw lecture. This annual lecture is hosted by the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen. The citation reads: “She is a world-leading authority on the formation, evolution, structure, and dynamics of our own Milky Way galaxy and its satellites.”


Astrophysicists argue Fast Radio Bursts could provide clues to Dark Matter

Graduate student Julian Muñoz, postdoc Ely D. Kovetz, Prof. Marc Kamionkowski, and recent Ph.D. alum Liang Dai, have published a paper in Physical Review Letters that proposes a clever new way of shedding light on the mysterious dark matter believed to make up most of the universe using fast radio bursts.