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Prof. Soderberg participated in the 2015 BBC Stargazing Live TV Show

Prof. Soderberg participated in the 2015 BBC Stargazing Live TV Show

April 13, 2015
Prof. Soderberg participated in the 2015 BBC Stargazing Live television show at Jodrell Bank radio telescope (http://www.jodrellbank.net/) during the total solar eclipse in the UK on March 20.  Together with Professor Brian Cox and Dara O'Brianin, she described the the life, death, and the "sound" of stellar explosions as compiled by the Harvard/CfA Supernova Forensics Team. 
Alex Dalgarno

Alex Dalgarno

April 10, 2015

We are very sad to report that our colleague Alex Dalgarno passed away on April 9. Alex was an extraordinary scientist and teacher, who led for decades the application of atomic and molecular physics to astrophysics. He conceived of ITAMP, the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, and led it for many years. 

Square Kilometer Array (SKA): UK and Italy vie over telescope HQ

Square Kilometer Array (SKA): UK and Italy vie over telescope HQ

April 1, 2015

Physics World: An Italian bid to host the headquarters of the world’s largest radio telescope has been judged superior to a British proposal – yet it has failed to get the green light. Edwin Cartlidge reports:

Physics World: UK and Italy vie over telescope HQ (pdf)

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.

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

Faculty members Bob Kirshner and Chris Stubbs, graduate alums Adam Riess and Brian Schmidt, win 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. 
Avi Loeb presents New Search Methods for Primitive and Intelligent Life Far from Earth

Avi Loeb presents New Search Methods for Primitive and Intelligent Life Far from Earth

September 24, 2014

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, Avi opened the academic year's Science Series Public Lecture with an overview of current strategies for identifying evidence of life on other planets in the Milky Way galaxy and beyond. For a summary of the lecture please consult this report in the Harvard Crimson: http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2014/9/24/chair-astronomy-extraterrest...

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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.