"As the Faculty of Arts and Sciences works to address a “concerning” lack of diversity in the body, some have turned to astronomy professor John A. Johnson’s efforts as an example of creating opportunities for historically underrepresented minorities.
Harvard Graduate student Marion Dierickx recent paper featured:
"The 11 farthest known stars in our galaxy are located about 300,000 light-years from Earth, well outside the Milky Way's spiral disk. New research by Harvard astronomers shows that half of those stars might have been ripped from another galaxy: the Sagittarius dwarf. Moreover, they are members of a lengthy stream of stars extending one million light-years across space, or 10 times the width of our galaxy."
The 2017 Annie Jump Cannon Award for outstanding research and promise for the future by a postdoctoral woman scientist goes to Rebekah Dawson (Pennsylvania State University, Harvard Astronomy PhD 2013) for her work modeling the dynamical interactions of exoplanets in multiplanet systems. Her studies help explain exoplanets’ mutual orbital inclinations and eccentricities as well as their migration toward and away from each other and their host star. She has also...
The American Astronomical Society has selected Professor Charlie Conroy to receive the Helen. B. Warner Prize for 2017. The prize includes a cash award and an invitation to give a plenary talk, hopefully at the upcoming summer AAS meeting in Austin, Texas. AAS Press Release
The Helen B. Warner Prize is given annually for a significant contribution to observational...
In recognition of his work in advancing the most sensitive measurements of polarization of the cosmic microwave background, the faint fossil radiation from the Big Bang, Professor John Kovac was selected by President Obama as one of 102 scientists and researchers as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on...
Congratulations to Munazza Alam, Harvard graduate student in astronomy & astrophysics, for being selected as a National Geographic Young Explorer! Learn more about this extraordinary researcher in her online interview.
Harvard undergraduate Charles Law '17 has been selected for the prestigious Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Scholarship Award.
The President and CEO of USRA, Jeffrey Isaacson, presented Law with the Frederick Tarantino Memorial Scholarship Award at a ceremony held November 2 during the USRA annual meeting located at Harvard this year. Also present at the ceremony was Dan Milisavljevic (SAO Postdoctoral Fellow who supervised Law as a PRISE fellow), Edo Berger (Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies), and Jonathan Grindlay (Professor and USRA representative)....
CFA Press Release: "The universe is 13.8 billion years old, while our planet formed just 4.5 billion years ago. Some scientists think this time gap means that life on other planets could be billions of years older than ours. However, new theoretical work suggests that present-day life is actually premature from a cosmic perspective."
"Astronomers Aaron Smith and Volker Bromm of The University of Texas at Austin, working with Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, have discovered evidence for an unusual kind of black hole born extremely early in the universe. They showed that a recently discovered unusual source of intense radiation is likely powered by a "direct-collapse black hole," a type of object predicted by theorists more than a decade ago."
Full CfA Press Release: https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/news/2016-15
Adam Riess, Nobel Laureate and ’96 alumnus of the Harvard Astronomy Department, has just been named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins. Supported by a $350M gift from Michael Bloomberg, the BDPs will form a cohort of 50 world-class, interdisciplinary scholars at Johns Hopkins. Adam is the 7th internally selected faculty member to be chosen for this honor.
Professor Daniel Eisenstein was selected by the Simons Foundation as a 2016 Simons Investigator. "The Simons Investigators program provides a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term study of fundamental questions."
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Daniel Eisenstein is a leading figure in modern...