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Lindsay Smith, acting curator of the Plate Stacks at the Harvard College Observatory

'Hidden Figures' Of Astronomy At Harvard Take Center Stage In Play About Women 'Computers'

March 15, 2017

Listen to local public radio station WBUR segment about the Watertown play Silent Sky  about the Harvard College Observatory "computers."

Meredith Hughes (PhD 2010) is interviewed at the end of the segment about her great-grandmother, a  former head computer at Lockheed Martin.

More: http://www.wbur.org/artery/2017/03/13/silent-sky-harvard-astronomy-women...

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Rebekah Dawson '13 Selected for 2017 Annie Jump Cannon Award

January 11, 2017

The 2017 Annie Jump Cannon Award for outstanding research and promise for the future by a postdoctoral woman scientist goes to Rebekah Dawson (Pennsylvania State University, Harvard Astronomy PhD 2013) for her work modeling the dynamical interactions of exoplanets in multiplanet systems. Her studies help explain exoplanets’ mutual orbital inclinations and eccentricities as well as their migration toward and away from each other and their host star.

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Adam Riess, Nobel Laureate and ’96 alumnus of the Harvard Astronomy Department, named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins

July 11, 2016

Adam Riess, Nobel Laureate and ’96 alumnus of the Harvard Astronomy Department, has just been named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins. Supported by a $350M gift from Michael Bloomberg, the BDPs will form a cohort of 50 world-class, interdisciplinary scholars at Johns Hopkins. Adam is the 7th internally selected faculty member to be chosen for this honor.

Wen-fai Fong (PhD 2014) Wins the 2016 APS Division of Astrophysics Thesis Award

Wen-fai Fong (PhD 2014) Wins the 2016 APS Division of Astrophysics Thesis Award

May 3, 2016

Dr. Wen-fai Fong, who completed her doctoral thesis in 2014 with Prof. Edo Berger, was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis in Astrophysics Prize from the American Physical Society Division of Astrophysics.  Dr. Fong's thesis was titled "Unveiling the Progenitors of Short Gamma-ray Bursts".  Information about the award is available from: https://www.aps.org/programs/honors/dissertation/astrophysics.cfm and a short bio for Dr.

One current and one former Harvard Astronomy student are featured in Forbes magazine list of 30 under 30 in science

One current and one former Harvard Astronomy student are featured in Forbes magazine list of 30 under 30 in science

January 6, 2015

One current and one former Harvard Astronomy student are featured in Forbes magazine list of 30 under 30 in science. The first is current Harvard student, Henry Lin, (at the ripe age of 19!). The second is a former graduate student, Tony Pan, who work as the principal scientist in a new start-up  company. Avi Loeb is their Harvard advisor.