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
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."
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Among the founders and contributors of Astrobites are, from left, Aaron Bray (G2), Elisabeth Newton (G2), Nathan Sanders (G2), Joshua Suresh (G2), Christopher Faesi (G1), and Courtney Dressing (G2), here pictured on their home turf, the observatory at 60 Garden Street.