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Professor Daniela Calzetti recipient of 2016 Tage Erlander Visiting Professorship

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Professor Daniela Calzetti is the recipient of the 2016 Tage Erlander Visiting Professorship from the Swedish Research Council. The Professorship is awarded annually to an internationally prominent researcher in the areas of natural and engineering sciences.

In connection with the Professorship, Professor Calzetti will be spending six months during the Spring and Summer of 2016 at the University of Stockholm (Sweden).

The official text of the award can be found at: http://www.vr.se/inenglish/researchfunding/fundinggranted/visitingprofes...

Details of the Tage Erlander Visiting Professorship can be found at: http://www.vr.se/inenglish/researchfunding/ourgrants2015/visitingprofess...

 

Freshman Astronomy major Kaci Naughton receives award

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Kaci Naughton, a freshman astronomy major on the Astrophysics BS track, is awarded the Provost's Undergraduate Research Fellowship (PURF) for 2015. She will be mentored by Kevin Harrington, who is a senior astronomy major and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College with an extensive research experience in the department.

Professor Emeritus William Irvine elected to 2nd 3 year term

Thursday, August 20, 2015

William Irvine, Professor Emeritus in Astronomy , has been elected to a second 3 year term on the Steering Committee of Division F of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Division F , "Planetary Systems and Bioastronomy", has some 1700 members whose research is supported by 3 Commissions --- "Meteors, Meteorites, and Interplanetary Dust"; "Exoplanets and the Solar System"; and “Astrobiology”. Professor Irvine is a Past President of the Astrobiology Commission.

The International Astronomical Union was founded in 1919 with the mission of promoting and safeguarding the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation. Its more than 11,000 individual members from 73 countries are professional astronomers from all over the world at the Ph.D. level and beyond. The scientific and educational activities of the IAU are organized by its 9 scientific Divisions and through its specialized Commissions and Working Groups. The long-term policy of the IAU is defined by the triennial General Assembly and implemented by the Executive Committee. The American Astronomical Society and UMass’ Department of Astronomy are sending Professor Irvine to participate in this year’s General Assembly in Honolulu.

See http://www.iau.org/publications/e-newsletters/html/48/

Astronomy Department celebrates recent graduates

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Astronomy Department is proud to announce the recent graduation of 11 Astronomy majors. Commencement was held on Friday, May 8, 2015, and a Senior Celebration was held by CNS, as well as the departments of Physics and Astronomy, on Saturday, May 9, 2015. The graduating seniors are Michael Buckley, Sean Fidler, Christian Haughwout, Joseph Howlett, Nathan Kimmitt, Rebekah Kovach, Stephen Mahala, Michael Molinsky, Alex Schwartz and Tazeem Siddiqui and Katherine Sisson. In addition, Ryan Horton will graduate in Summer 2015 when he returns from his year abroad at Heidelberg University.

Professor Offner Nominated for Fellowship

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Office of Research Development in collaboration with Corporate and Foundation Relations is pleased to announce the following nominees for the Limited Submission 2015 David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowships for Science and Engineering:

Yuriy Burn, Computer Science: Self-Adaptive Software that Discovers and Corrects Bugs

and

Stella Offer, Astronomy: A New Paradigm for the Origin of Stars and Stellar Multiplicity

Dr. Kate Whitaker Offered NASA Hubble PostDoc Fellowship

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

We are very pleased and excited to announce that Dr. Kate Whitaker has been offered the prestigious NASA’s Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship, the world’s top fellowship program in astronomy according to many, which she will carry out at the Department of Astronomy here at UMass Amherst starting this coming summer. A UMass alumna, Kate received her Bachelors of Science in Physics and Astronomy in 2005. She graduated summa cum laude with one of the first cohorts through the Commonwealth College. During her time at UMass, she was also awarded the Hasbrouck Scholarship, William F. Field Alumni Scholarship, Outstanding Undergraduate Award in the Astronomy Department, and the Mary Dailey Irvine Prize. Following her successful start at UMass, Kate went on to receive her PhD in 2012 through the Department of Astronomy at Yale University. Kate is currently a James Webb Space Telescope Postdoctoral Program Fellow at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She is excited to return to UMass Amherst to pursue her research interests in understanding the growth of galaxies across cosmic time.

William Irvine assigned as Co-Chief Editor

Friday, January 30, 2015

Professor Emeritus William Irvine of the Astronomy Department is the Co-Chief Editor of the soon to appear Encyclopedia of Astrobiology, being produced by the publisher Springer. The science of astrobiology is concerned with the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the universe. It is an extremely interdisciplinary field, combining aspects of physics, astronomy, chemistry, geoscience, biology, microbiology, planetary science, and the history of science. The new, 2nd edition, of the Encyclopedia of Astrobiology contains some 2000 entries by more than 400 authors from institutions around the world, the articles ranging from short entries of 200-500 words to overviews of more than 6000 words. The Encyclopedia will be produced in both 4 volumes of printed text and in an on-line version. Professor Irvine has been selected to be on the editorial board of the Japanese journal Progress in Earth and Planetary Science.

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