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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. 

Garcia-Mejia at TESS Launch

Astronomy graduate student Juliana Garcia-Mejia attends TESS launch

May 8, 2018

Garcia-Mejia: Last month, I was lucky enough to win a NASA lottery to attend the TESS launch as a VIP guest at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. As is the case with rocket launches, there were a series of launch windows starting on April 16, 2018, at 6:32pm. As hundreds of scientists were getting ready to board the buses that would take us from the KSC visitor complex to the viewing site on April 16, a NASA representative crushed our launch-viewing dreams with a simple two words: "launch scrubbed". A second launch window did not open until Wednesday, April 18 at 6:51pm...

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Artist's impression of the exoplanet Proxima Centauri b. Credit: ESO

Escape from Proxima b

April 18, 2018

Avi Loeb's lated Scientific American blog post explores the idea that, "A civilization in the habitable zone of a dwarf star like Proxima Centauri might find it hard to get into interstellar space with conventional rockets."

Read More: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/escape-from-proxima-b/

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Making Academia Matter Again

April 17, 2018

Avi Loeb offers his perspective on opening up academia. "Academic freedom is a precious commodity, critical to ensure that discovery of the truth is not encumbered by political or ideological forces. But this does not mean that intellectuals should hide in academic bunkers that, by protecting us from criticism by “non-experts,” allow ego to flourish and enable a focus on questions that are not actually relevant to anyone else. We experts should have to explain ourselves."

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