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AAS awards Dr. Karin I. Öberg the Pierce Prize

AAS awards Dr. Karin I. Öberg the Pierce Prize

January 5, 2016

The AAS awards Dr. Karin I. Öberg the Pierce Prize for her research on the astrochemistry and astrophysics of ices and molecules in star-forming regions and proto-planetary disks. The panel recognizes Dr. Öberg’s scientific leadership in her ability to identify important, well-defined, and tractable problems, yielding fundamental advances in the field of star and planet formation. Dr. Öberg’s combination of experimental work matched to focused millimeter observations and comparison simulations provides novel insight into the details of chemical processes taking place in planet-forming...

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Professor Ramesh Narayan was elected a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS

Professor Ramesh Narayan was elected a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS

November 19, 2015

Professor Ramesh Narayan was elected a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). TWAS is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy, working to advance science and engineering for sustainable prosperity in the developing world.

Read More: http://twas.org/article/twas-elects-44-new-fellows

  • NARAYAN, Ramesh (USA): b.25-9-1950. PhD, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences, Harvard University,...
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John A. Johnson a recipient of the  2015 Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching

John A. Johnson a recipient of the 2015 Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching

October 20, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to announce the recipients of the 2015 Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching, Jene Golovchenko, Rumford Professor of Physics and Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, and John Johnson, Professor of Astronomy. Made possible by a generous gift from alumnus Gardner Hendrie ’54 and consisting of a $10,000 personal award and $40,000 in unrestricted support for teaching and research, the Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching recognizes exceptional teaching in introductory science courses. A faculty...

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2015  Fellows of the American Physical Society

2015 Fellows of the American Physical Society

October 13, 2015

Avi Loeb (Harvard), Douglas Finkbeiner (Harvard), and Patrick Slane (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory) have been selected as Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). This is a high honor, restricted to 0.5% of the membership in a given year. They were nominated by the APS Division of Astrophysics (DAP) because of their leading contributions to the field. APS will present the Fellowship certificates at the APS April Meeting.

More Information and complete list: http://www.aps.org/units/dap/fellowship/index.cfm

Douglas Finkbeiner (Harvard)...

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Could Alien Life Spread 'Like a Virus' to the Stars?

Could Alien Life Spread 'Like a Virus' to the Stars?

August 31, 2015
"As astronomical techniques become more advanced, a team of astrophysicists think they will be able to not only detect the signatures of alien life in exoplanetary atmospheres, but also track its relentless spread throughout the galaxy.

The research, headed by Henry Lin of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), assumes that this feat may be possible in a generation or so and that the hypothesis of panspermia may act as the delivery system for alien biology to hop from one star system to another."

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Read the Inspiring ‘Questions of Existence’ Letter from the World’s Greatest Thinkers

Read the Inspiring ‘Questions of Existence’ Letter from the World’s Greatest Thinkers

July 20, 2015

Two members of the Harvard Astronomy faculty (Dimitar Sasselov and Avi Loeb) are signed on the document mentioned below.

"On July 20, a consortium of scientists funded by billionaire investor Yuri Milner announced a $100 million project to scan the universe for signs of intelligent life. Milner, 53, a prescient technology investor, is also a former physicist. The endeavor, named Breakthrough Listen, is being supported by some of the world’s most well-known...

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

This is further in regard to the sad news about Alex Dalgarno. Alex passed away at 11:25 am on April 9th. Funeral services have been arranged, and may be seen at...

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