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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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Jennifer Bergner

Alumna Jennifer Bergner awarded AAS Laboratory Astrophysics Division 2021 Dissertation Prize

March 15, 2021

The Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is pleased to announce the recipient of its 2021 Dissertation Prize, given to an individual who has recently completed an outstanding theoretical or experimental doctoral dissertation in laboratory astrophysics. This year’s prize goes to Dr. Jennifer Bergner for her thesis Tracing Organic Complexity During Star and Planet Formation. Dr. Bergner earned her PhD at Harvard...

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Alyssa Goodman and Pat Udomprasert awarded NASA Science Activation project entitled "Cosmic Storytelling with NASA Data"

March 1, 2021

NASA is funding 30 awards across the U.S to implement the next phase of Science Activation—a community-based approach to connect NASA science with learners of all ages. 

The Astronomy project is entitled Cosmic Storytelling with NASA Data (CosmicDS).  The CosmicDS project will facilitate connections between astronomers who want to tell the story of a discovery and inspire learners by letting them interrogate the data behind the story on their own, using easy-to-use but powerful data science and visualization techniques. ...

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Amir Siraj

Senior Concentrator Amir Siraj awarded a place in the Forbes 30 Under 30 for 2021. He is the youngest member in this year's Science cohort.

December 2, 2020

Siraj is a student in astrophysics at Harvard whose research has explored the impact of comets and asteroids on planetary systems, new ways to detect interstellar objects and efficient techniques to detect small black holes. He's also a classical pianist pursuing a degree at the New England Conservatory.

Read his full profile here: https://www.forbes.com/profile/amir-siraj/?list=30under30-science&sh=2e2836351fda

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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
Amir Siraj

Astronomy concentrator, Amir Siraj, is recipient of Harvard College Hoopes Prize and the department's Goldberg Prize.

May 22, 2020

Amir Siraj is a junior at Harvard College in Leverett House, studying astrophysics. He is a classical pianist and is concurrently pursuing a Master's in Music at the New England Conservatory of Music for piano performance. In his free time, he enjoys conducting the Hasty Pudding Theatricals and singing with the Harvard Krokodiloes. 

Hoopes Prizes are given to select undergraduates for excellent undergraduate work and excellence in the art of teaching. ...

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Tom Wagg

Tom Wagg receives a Senior Goldberg Prize along with Noel Chou who was awarded the Junior Goldberg Prize.

May 18, 2020

Noel Chou is a rising senior studying astronomy and she is also interested in computer science. She is from the California Bay Area. She has been privileged to have had an introduction to the exciting fields of machine learning and supernovae research under the guidance of Professor Edo Berger and Dr. Ashley Villar through her project, Host Galaxy Based Supernova Classification with Machine Learning.

Tom Wagg is originally from Newcastle-under-Lyme in England. He resided in Mather House and is part of the class of 2020, concentrating in...

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