Graduate Alumni

Laura Blecha

Alumna Prof. Laura Blecha named 2021 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

March 22, 2021

Prof. Blecha earned her PhD at Harvard working with Avi Loeb.  She is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy at the University of Florida where a fair number of recent Harvard graduates have landed including Sarah Ballard, Paul Torrey, Zach Slepian and Stephen Eikenberry.

More information on her award can be found here. 

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Recent alumni help government COVID-19 data and epidemiology efforts

October 21, 2020
Since April, PhD alumni Fernando Becerra, How-Huan Chen, and Anjali Tripathi have been working on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 data and epidemiology team.  The group has used their data and visualization skills for a range of projects, including their newly created COVID Watch website.  Released for the start of flu season, the site makes data available for tracking COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses across the country's largest county.  More at: ... Read more about Recent alumni help government COVID-19 data and epidemiology efforts
AAS Press Officer Rick Fienberg standing at the eclipse in a field with lots of viewing equipment

AAS Press Officer Rick Fienberg (Harvard Astronomy PhD 1985) honored for national eclipse viewing safety and outreach

July 30, 2018

AAS Press Officer Rick Fienberg (Harvard Astronomy PhD 1985) is being honored with NASA’s Exceptional Public Achievement Medal “for exceptional service to the nation in [his] tireless efforts for the public’s safe solar viewing of the 2017 total solar eclipse.”... Read more about AAS Press Officer Rick Fienberg (Harvard Astronomy PhD 1985) honored for national eclipse viewing safety and outreach

Rita Fireman and her son Gary Fireman are seen presenting the Fireman Fellowship Award to Philip Cowperthwaite

Fireman Fellowship Award to Philip Cowperthwaite

May 23, 2018

At the annual Awards Ceremony, Rita Fireman and Astronomy Chair Avi Loeb are seen presenting the Fireman Fellowship Award to Philip Cowperthwaite for this year's best dissertation in the field of Astrophysics at Harvard.  This award is named in honor of Rita's husband, Edward Fireman, a long time physicist at the Smithsonian Astronomical Observatory.  Phil is a student of Edo Berger and will be starting a Hubble Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena. 

Research Integrity Resources Initiative

February 13, 2018

The Research Integrity Resources Initiative was created to provide FAS researchers with proactive tools to support excellence in the stewardship of strong research data. Some of these resources are provided to make the FAS community aware of offices, policies, training, and programs that are currently available across Harvard University.

In addition, this initiative also provides resources to manage conflict, communication, and/or behavioral concerns to avoid misunderstandings that may lead to allegations of research misconduct and to foster an...

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Hannah Jano-Condell

Hannah Jang-Condell (Astronomy PhD '04) granted tenure at the University of Wyoming

June 12, 2017

Hannah Jang-Condell, our alum who received her Ph.D. in 2004, has been given tenure at the University of Wyoming.  She is an Associate Professor in their Physics and Astronomy Department. She studies planet formation theory, protoplanetary disk models, extrasolar planets, computational astrophysics, astrobiology.  Congratulations, Hannah!

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Congratulations Astronomy 2017 PhDs

May 25, 2017

2017 students

Sarah Wellons, Andrew Vanderburg, Yuan-Sen Ting, Josh Suresh, Sukrit Ranjan, Philip Mocz, Meredith MacGregor, Kirit Karkare, Dawn Graninger (not shown Laura Schaefer)

Lindsay Smith, acting curator of the Plate Stacks at the Harvard College Observatory

'Hidden Figures' Of Astronomy At Harvard Take Center Stage In Play About Women 'Computers'

March 15, 2017

Local public radio station WBUR recently broadcast a segment about the Watertown play Silent Sky  about the Harvard College Observatory "computers:" Meredith Hughes (PhD 2010) is interviewed at the end of the segment about her great-grandmother, a  former head computer at Lockheed Martin. ...

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