2020

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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Josh Speagle

Graduating student, Josh Speagle, awarded the annual Keto Prize for his thesis "Mapping the Milky Way in the Age of Gaia."

May 8, 2020

The Eric R. Keto Prize for Graduate Students in Theoretical Astrophysics, endowed with a generous donation by ITC Senior Member Eric Keto, is awarded each year for the best thesis in theoretical astrophysics by a student at the CfA, as selected by the Senior Members of the ITC.

In the Fall, Josh will begin a five year Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowship (Dunlap Institute, University of Toronto)

Abstract of Josh's thesis

 

A central problem in astronomy is converting the 2-D positions of sources observed on the sky to their 3-D...

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Lars Hernquist

2020 Gruber Prize in Cosmology has been awarded to Harvard's Lars Hernquist and Volker Springel of the Max Planck Institute

May 6, 2020

Citations reads: "The 2020 Gruber Cosmology Prize recognizes Lars Hernquist, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, and Volker Springel, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, for their defining contributions to cosmological simulations, a method that tests existing theories of, and inspires new investigations into, the formation of structures at every scale from stars to galaxies to the universe itself."

Press release:  https://gruber.yale.edu/2020-gruber-cosmology-prize-...

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Avi Loeb

Prof. Avi Loeb, Chair of the Astronomy Department, nominated to serve on White House Science and Technology Advisory Committee.

April 22, 2020

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is an advisory group of the Nation's leading scientists and engineers, appointed by the President to augment the science and technology advice available to him from inside the White House and from cabinet departments and other Federal agencies.   Prof. Loeb's nomination is subject to approval by Congress.  Also nominated was Dr. Daniela Rus, Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence...

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Catherine Zucker

Catherine Zucker chosen as 2020 Fireman Fellow by the Astronomy Faculty. Department's highest honor.

April 20, 2020

Her research focuses on understanding the structure of our Milky Way Galaxy. Catherine will be defending her dissertation on May 5th.  Catherine and one of her advisors, Alyssa Goodman, appeared live on the National Public Radio's series Science Friday. Link to the program: ...

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Zoe Todd

Zoe Todd successfully defends thesis "From Astronomy to Chemistry: Origins of the Building Blocks of Life."

April 15, 2020

Abstract: The circumstances surrounding the origins of life on Earth are still unknown, though substantial progress has been made recently. In general, the origins of life might have followed the path where first, simple feedstock molecules available in the planetary environment react to form the molecular building blocks of life, which then come together to make chemical polymers and eventually self-replicating systems that could constitute life. This thesis addresses the first part of this postulated process, attempting to answer the questions: 1) what planetary sources exist for...

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