Prizes

Faculty members Bob Kirshner and Chris Stubbs, along with our graduate alums Adam Riess and Brian Schmidt, win the the Breakthrough Prize

Faculty members Bob Kirshner and Chris Stubbs, along with our graduate alums Adam Riess and Brian Schmidt, win the the Breakthrough Prize

November 10, 2014

The High-Z Supernova Search Team and the Supernova Cosmology Project have been awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe. There are 51 team members sharing one award. Saul Perlmutter, Adam Riess and Brian Schmidt accepted the prize on behalf of both teams.

Karin Öberg awarded the prestigious Packard fellowship

Karin Öberg awarded the prestigious Packard fellowship

October 15, 2014
Karin Öberg just won the prestigious Packard fellowship. Her citation reads: "Öberg is an astrochemist. She combines ice experiments and radio astronomy to explore the chemistry present during planet formation. This chemistry regulates the compositions and habitability of nascent planets, and is thus key to our understanding of the origins of life."
Visiting Program for PhD Students of the Harvard Astronomy Department at Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena

Visiting Program for PhD Students of the Harvard Astronomy Department at Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena

October 14, 2014

Following their first two years of study and research, PhD students from the Harvard Astronomy department may spend an extended period of time at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena. Any such visit should be included in the PhD thesis proposal of the students, and therefore must be approved by the Committee for Academic Studies (CAS) of the Harvard Astronomy department as well as the primary advisor of the student at Harvard.

Yuan-Sen Ting honored with the Perdana Scholar Award

Yuan-Sen Ting honored with the Perdana Scholar Award

October 1, 2014
Yuan-Sen Ting, a graduate student in Harvard's Ph.D. program in Astronomy/Astrophysics, was honored with the presentation of the Perdana Scholar Award.  It was presented by the Prime Minister of Malaysia at a ceremony in New York City on Friday, September 26 at which a number of Malaysian Senators and Ministers were also in attendance. 
Phil Sadler Awarded IPS Technology and Innovation Award

Phil Sadler Awarded IPS Technology and Innovation Award

August 19, 2014

Phil Sadler was honored this week at the International Planetarium Society meeting in Beijing China. He received the 2014 Technology and Innovation Award.The award is given to recognize an individual or institution, “…whose technology and/or innovations in the planetarium field have been, through the years, utilized or replicated by other members and/or planetariums.” In 1977, Sadler invented the Starlab portable planetarium while a middle school math and science teacher.

 2014 Shaw Prize in Astronomy

2014 Shaw Prize in Astronomy

May 27, 2014

Harvard Astronomy Professor, Daniel Eisenstein, along with Shaun Cole and John Peacock, to receive the 2014 Shaw prize in astronomy for their contributions to the measurements of features in the large-scale structure of galaxies used to constrain the cosmological model including baryon acoustic oscillations and redshift-space distortions.

2014 Hoopes Prize and Goldberg Prize Awarded to Astrononomy Undergraduates

May 8, 2014

Alexander Krolewski, has been awarded a Hoopes Prize for the project entitled "Measuring the luminosity and black hole mass dependence of quasar-galaxy clustering at z ~ 0.8."
Natania Wolansky, has been awarded a Hoopes Prize for the project entitled "Are You There Gas?  It's Me, Planet: The Effects of Gas on Growth of Gas Giant Cores through Planetesimal Accretion."

The Harvard Horizons Symposium: April 22, 2014

The Harvard Horizons Symposium: April 22, 2014

March 27, 2014

Celebrating the Impact of New Ideas and New Discoveries
Sarah Rugheimer, Harvard Astronomy Graduate Student, was one of the eight selected Harvard Scholars who joined President Faust, Provost Alan Garber, FAS Dean Mike Smith, and GSAS Dean Xiao-Li Meng as the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences celebrated the power of new ideas — and the talent and innovation of the scholars who are generating them.

Karin Öberg Selected as 2014 Sloan Fellow

Karin Öberg Selected as 2014 Sloan Fellow

February 18, 2014

Karin Oberg won the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship for 2014. Also among the recipients are the former students of our department, Ryan Hickox and Phil Hopkins, and the former ITC postdoc, Dan Fabrycky.

"The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field."