The High-Z Supernova Search Team and the Supernova Cosmology Project have been awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe. There are 51 team members sharing one award. Saul Perlmutter, Adam Riess and Brian Schmidt accepted the prize on behalf of both teams.
Karin Öberg just won the prestigious Packard fellowship. Her citation reads: "Öberg is an astrochemist. She combines ice experiments and radio astronomy to explore the chemistry present during planet formation. This chemistry regulates the compositions and habitability of nascent planets, and is thus key to our understanding of the origins of life."
Following their first two years of study and research, PhD students from the Harvard Astronomy department may spend an extended period of time at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena. Any such visit should be included in the PhD thesis proposal of the students, and therefore must be approved by the Committee for Academic Studies (CAS) of the Harvard Astronomy department as well as the primary advisor of the student at Harvard.
Yuan-Sen Ting, a graduate student in Harvard's Ph.D. program in Astronomy/Astrophysics, was honored with the presentation of the Perdana Scholar Award. It was presented by the Prime Minister of Malaysia at a ceremony in New York City on Friday, September 26 at which a number of Malaysian Senators and Ministers were also in attendance. … Read more about Yuan-Sen Ting honored with the Perdana Scholar Award
Phil Sadler was honored this week at the International Planetarium Society meeting in Beijing China. He received the 2014 Technology and Innovation Award.The award is given to recognize an individual or institution, “…whose technology and/or innovations in the planetarium field have been, through the years, utilized or replicated by other members and/or planetariums.” In 1977, Sadler invented the Starlab portable planetarium while a middle school math and science teacher. These inflatable planetariums are now in use by… Read more about Phil Sadler Awarded IPS Technology and Innovation Award
"With hundreds of Earth-like planets discovered over the past few years, it’s fair to say we’re on the verge of finding alien life. Two new programs at NASA hope to find and analyze thousands more of these exoplanets, as they’re called. Scientists working on the Transiting Exoplanet Surveying Satellite (TESS) and the James Webb Space Telescope say there’s a very real chance of finding extraterrestrial life within the next two decades. So, if we’re about to meet our extraterrestrial neighbors, let’s get to work on some opening lines. What if we’re really not alone?
"Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds. By studying exoplanet atmospheres, we can look for gases like oxygen and methane that only coexist if replenished by life. But those gases come from simple life forms like microbes. What about advanced civilizations? Would they leave any detectable signs?"
Harvard Astronomy Professor, Daniel Eisenstein, along with Shaun Cole and John Peacock, to receive the 2014 Shaw prize in astronomy for their contributions to the measurements of features in the large-scale structure of galaxies used to constrain the cosmological model including baryon acoustic oscillations and redshift-space distortions.
"The Shaw Prize is an international award established in 2002 to pay tribute to those who have made distinguished contributions to modern civilization. The three awards for Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences will be… Read more about 2014 Shaw Prize in Astronomy