David Hughes from INAOE speaking at "Knowledge Across Borders: a Celebration of US-Mexico Scholarly Exchanges" in the Old Chapel on Monday, November 13, 2017. He was joined on the panel by Alex Pope from UMass, James Lowenthal from Smith College, Shep Doeleman from CfA, and Mexican astronomers Itziar Aretxaga and Miguel Chavez from INAOE and Irene Cruz-Gonzalez from UNAM. A focus for the day was the collaboration on the Large Millimeter Telescope, Gran Telescopio Milimetrico Alfonso Serrano.
Professor Daniela Calzetti and Professor Mauro Giavalisco were listed in the 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list, of the Web of Science. They recently received an email from Clarivate Analytics (formerly known as Thompson Reuters) congratulating them on this honor. The email went on to say that their "....research ranks among the top 1% most cited works in their field and during its year of publication, earning the mark of exceptional impact. It is truly an honor to recognize researchers like you for your dedication and focus to expanding the sphere of human knowledge."
Astronomers using the Large Millimeter Telescope, which is operated jointly by UMass Amherst and Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica, report in Nature Astronomy that they have detected the second most distant dusty, star-forming galaxy ever found - born in the first billion years after the Big Bang.
Nobel laureate and former University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty Joseph H. Taylor will deliver the third annual Helen and Morton Sternheim Lecture on Tuesday, October 10 at 4:00 PM in 20 Hasbrouck Hall.
The Department of Astronomy will hold the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse event at the Sunwheel. The event will begin at 1:20 PM, and will continue until the end of the eclipse. Astronomy Professor Daniela Calzetti and Mr. Tom Whitney of the Astronomy Association (www.astronomyassociation.org) will be hosting the event, and they expect to have four solar telescopes on site. The Sunwheel is located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium, just off Rocky Hill Road (Amity Street) about one-quarter mile south of University Drive.
Professor James Lowenthal (Smith College) and Professor Min Yun (UMass Amherst) did a press release at the 2017 AAS Summer meeting in Austin, TX, today, as prepared by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). Professors Daniel Wang and Grant Wilson (both from UMass Amherst) are also collaborators on this project.
Professor Daniel Wang gave an invited talk on the central massive black hole of our Galaxy at the AAS meeting on June 6, 2017.
For the second year in a row, an Astronomy major has been awarded the 21st Century Leader Award. It was recently announced that Ryan Boyden, a double major in Astronomy and Physics will receive this prestigious award. Congratulations to Ryan, and also to Professor Stella Offner, who mentored Ryan in his research.
Tara Dowd has been awarded this year's David J. Van Blerkom Research Scholarship in Astronomy. Here is a description of the Scholarship: An endowment fund established by Janet Van Blerkom. The purpose of the fund is to endow undergraduate research scholarships in the Department of Astronomy in memory of her husband, David J. Van Blerkom, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts. Professor Van Blerkom came to UMass as aPostdoctoral Fellow in 1969, joined the faculty in 1970, served as Chair of the Astronomy Program from 1980-1999, and then continued on the faculty until 2001. This scholarship fund is awarded based on academic excellence to a University of Massachusetts undergraduate and supports a research internship for that undergraduate.
Gopal Narayanan and Neal Erickson have coordinated the "Event Horizon Telescope" (EHT) to turn the Earth into one giant telescope by coordination observations from instruments arrayed around the world.
We are pleased to announce that Kamal Souccar has been awarded the Chancellor's Citation Award at the University of Massachusetts. This award is meant to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding performance in helping the university achieve its goals and objectives. Award winners are intended to be individuals who have made original contributions to the university, attained high-priority univeristy objectives, performed "beyond the call of duty", and achieved significant improvements in productivity or savings in university operations. Kamal's many contriubtions to the success of the Large Milimeter Telescope are noteworthy in that they address all of these vital areas, and we are delighted that the University has recognized his important work.
Congratulations to Aaron P. Dunbrack, a senior in the Astronomy Department undergraduate program. He has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year. Aaron, everyone in the Astronomy Department extends their best wishes to you. We are all proud of your accomplishments.