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
The program aired at 8PM England on September 9. The link to the video is below. You might be amused by the closing couple of minutes of where Avi Loeb grades the scientific accuracy of the biblical story of genesis.
With the goal of inspiring young kids to enter science, the Science Education Center of the Smithsonian Institution produced the following video about Avi Loeb's unconventional career path from a farm in Israel to Harvard,
"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."
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...
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...
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)
"A song about the greatest astrophysics professor who ever lived: Edo Berger. After a trip to the Whipple Observatory in Mt. Hopkins AZ, the students in Astro 100 wanted to make a video about their experience there and, of course, about Edo."
A Science magazine issued a special issue in March, 2015 which was dedicated to the 100 years anniversary of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a project in which members of the Astronomy department are involved, is mentioned on the last two pages as the final frontier.... Read more about The Dark Lab: Special Issue of Science features EHT
Bob Kirshner has been awarded the prestigious Wolf Prize, a fairly recent award supported by the Wolf Foundation of Tel Aviv. He shares this year's Physic prize with James Bjorken from Stanford University.