Avi Loeb (Harvard), Douglas Finkbeiner (Harvard), and Patrick Slane (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory) have been selected as Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). This is a high honor, restricted to 0.5% of the membership in a given year. They were nominated by the APS Division of Astrophysics (DAP) because of their leading contributions to the field. APS will present the Fellowship certificates at the APS April Meeting.
The program aired at 8PM England on September 9. The link to the video is below. You might be amused by the closing couple of minutes of where Avi Loeb grades the scientific accuracy of the biblical story of genesis.
With the goal of inspiring young kids to enter science, the Science Education Center of the Smithsonian Institution produced the following video about Avi Loeb's unconventional career path from a farm in Israel to Harvard,
"As astronomical techniques become more advanced, a team of astrophysicists think they will be able to not only detect the signatures of alien life in exoplanetary atmospheres, but also track its relentless spread throughout the galaxy.
The research, headed by Henry Lin of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), assumes that this feat may be possible in a generation or so and that the hypothesis of panspermia may act as the delivery system for alien biology to hop from one star system to another."
Marion Dierickx is a 4th-year graduate student working with Prof Avi Loeb on galaxies in the Local Group. With approximately fifty members, the Local Group is our cosmic backyard. In the same way that detailed studies in the Solar neighborhood have informed our understanding of stellar populations, the Local Group is the closest laboratory to study galactic evolution. Marion works on modeling the infall of dwarf galaxies into their larger neighbors, the Milky Way and Andromeda. Leveraging the capabilities of N-Body simulations, she hopes to learn about the evolving structures and morphologies of Local Group dwarfs. Marion serves as a student representative to the Astronomy Department’s Committee on Academic Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking adventures, traveling and horse riding.