Each year, the MacArthur Foundation names several dozen of the nation's most creative and influential people as MacArthur Fellows which provides funds for two years which the recipients can use toward any purpose. The Class of 2013 awardees includes Harvard alumna Sara Seager.
Arturo Avelino will be coming to Harvard from the University of Guanajuato in October as the first ever recipient of the Harvard-Mexico Postdoc Program. He will work with Professor Robert Kirshner on learning the nature of the dark energy from observations of Type Ia supernovae combined with other cosmological probes.
Bekki Dawson was awarded the 2013 Fireman Fellowship of the Astronomy department for her PhD thesis, "On the Migratory Behavior of Planetary Systems." Department chair Avi Loeb presented the award to Dawson at the annual departmental awards ceremony on Monday, May 20, 2013.
Prof. Avi Loeb has been awarded the 2013 Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at the University of Melbourne in Australia. This award is given to academics of international distinction in a field of interest to the University of Melbourne. Fellows are expected to present a public lecture and several specialist lectures. Previous recipients include Barbara Grosz, Tory Higgins, Thomas Mann, Michael Waltzer, and Joseph Weiler.
"The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced its new fellows for 2012 in the United States and Canada on Thursday (April 12). The 181 recipients represent a diverse mix of scientific, scholarly, and artistic fields, and many of them are affiliated with colleges or universities. The winners, chosen from nearly 3,000 candidates, will receive grants ranging from six to 12 months that are intended to allow the recipients to pursue creative projects with as much freedom as possible. A list of the new fellows is available on the foundation’s Web site." (http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/guggenheim-foundation-announces-181-new-fellows-in-the-u-s-and-canada/42335)
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced the selection of 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers as recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships for 2012. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. Harvard Astronomy Professor Alicia Soderberg was selected for this honor.
Twelve students and postdocs from the Astronomy department were awarded Einstein/Hubble/Sagan fellowships in 2012: Laura Blecha, Smadar Naoz, Joey Neilsen and Meng Su were awarded an Einstein fellowship; Kaitlin Kratter, Matt McQuinn (former student), Stella Offner, Yue Shen, Jack Steiner, and Mark Vogelsberger were awarded a Hubble fellowship; and Sarah Ballard and Jean-Michel Desert were awarded the Sagan fellowship.