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." Read more about Karin Öberg Selected as 2014 Sloan Fellow
Sarah Rugheimer was selected as a 2014 Horizon Scholar. The Horizon Scholars are recognized as graduate students "whose ideas, innovations, and insights have the potential to reshape their disciplines."
The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning works to advance the quality of undergraduate education by providing Harvard’s teachers with resources, programs and support that promote excellence in teaching. Each semester it recognizes with a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching those student instructors whose work is exemplary based on peer evaluations.
Alicia Soderberg has been selected as the recipient of the IUPAP Young Scientist Medal and Prize of 2013 in the field of astrophysics. She will receive the award at the 27th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics to be held in Dallas, Texas on December 8-13, 2013.
Harvard Astronomy graduate student Bekki Dawson and CFA Hubble postdoctoral fellow Matt Walker won the Block Prize at the Aspen Center for Physics Winter Conference this year. Organizers of each winter conference choose promising young physicists to receive the Block Award. This year, two out of the seven awardees are ITC members. For more details, see http://www.aspenphys.org/physicists/winter/block.html
Photo shows Jim visiting the amateur radio club, BY1QH, in Tsinghua University in 2008.
Harvard Astronomy Professor James Moran has been awarded the 2013 Grote Reber Gold Medal for lifetime innovative contributions to radio astronomy. Recent awardees include Nicolay Kardashev from Russia and Jocelyn Bell Burnell from England.
Harvard graduate students Nicholas Stone and Rebekah Dawson were the recipients of the 2012 Rodger Doxsey Travel Prize—established through the support of his father, John Doxsey, and other friends, family, and colleagues—provides graduate students or postdocs within one year of receiving or receipt of their PhD a monetary prize to enable the oral presentation of their dissertation research at a winter meeting of the AAS.
Stone was also selected by Springer, the European publisher, to have his thesis published as an individual hardcover book. Springer selects a small number of theses in astronomy every year for this prize.
Harvard Astronomy graduate student Nathan Sanders was recently awarded Harvard's "Bowdoin Prize in the Natural Sciences" for his essay entitled "Observing the Twenty-First Century Sky and Understanding the Universe."
Avi Loeb's book has been selected for the Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award by the American Astronomical Society. The award is for Avi's first book, "How Did the First Stars and Galaxies Form?", published by Princeton University Press in 2010.
Professor David Charbonneau was selected among the 100 Almuni of Influence of the University of Toronto in Canada. The Alumni of Influence were selected based their contributions to their professional field at an international, national, or local level, as well as their volunteerism within the wider community and their philanthropy. The list of distinguished alumni includes Astronomer Wendy Freedman (Carnegie) and Nobel Laureate in Physics, Walter Kohn (Santa Barbara); for more details see http://www.uc.utoronto.ca/100-alumni-influence
Citation: For his many fundamental contributions to the development of the field of molecular astrophysics, which led to a better understanding of interstellar space, including the giant molecular clouds that are the birthplaces of stars and planets.
Irwin Shapiro was awarded the 2013 Einstein Prize of The American Physical Society. The Prize was established to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the field of gravitational physics and consists of $10,000 and a certificate that includes the appropriate citation. The citation that will appear on
Irwin's certificate reads as follows:
"For his contributions to experimental solar system tests of relativistic theories of gravity, and in particular for proposing and measuring the Shapiro time delay effect."
The Einstein Prize will be presented at APS April 2013 Meeting in Denver, CO, April 13-16, 2013, at a special Ceremonial session.
Kaisey Mandel (Ph.D. 2011), now a postdoc at Imperial College London, won the Savage Award of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis for the outstanding doctoral dissertation in applied methodology. His dissertation was "Improving cosmological distances to illuminate dark energy: hierarchical Bayesian models for type Ia supernovae in the optical and near-infrared." Kaisey received his award and gave a plenary talk at the ISBA World Meeting in Kyoto, Japan this summer.