Special thanks to Grad Student Alyssa Sokol for putting togethor our department newsletter!
Astronomers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are marking an especially meaningful event this National Astronomy Week, as a team led by Professor Peter Schloerb recently received a three-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to provide support for the Large Millimeter Telescope in Mexico and to offer – for the first time – access to it for astronomers from any U.S. institution. For more information: https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/umass-amherst-astronomy-opens-elite
Thank you Professor Stephen Schneider, Professor Daniela Calzetti, and Beth Berry for recording our virtual Sunrise gathering!
Bill Dent with students in 1969
The Department of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will not require GRE scores (both general and physics) in the 2021 application cycle to their graduate program. To apply for our program please visit https://www.umass.edu/graduate/programs/astronomy. Priority applications are due December 15th, 2020, with a final deadline of January 15, 2021.
Talks will be held at 4pm on Thursdays through Zoom. Titles,abstracts, and Zoom connection info will be emailed to our listserve.
- Thursday August 27: Astro Jamboree Week 1
- Thursday September 3: Astro Jamboree Week 2
- Thursday September 10: Amanda Kepley (NRAO Charlottesville)
- Thursday September 17: Brian Svoboda (NRAO)
- Thursday September 24: Dara Norman (NSF NOIRLab)
- Thursday October 1: Zhiyuan Ma (UMass Amherst)
- Thursday October 8: Zheng Zheng (University of Utah)
- Thursday October 15: Sandro Tacchella (CfA)
- Thursday October 22: Daniel Anglés-Alcázar (CCA Flatiron/UConn)
- Thursday October 29: Feng Long (CfA)
- Thursday November 5: Irene Shivaei (U Arizona)
- Thursday November 12: 2nd Year Graduate Project Presentation
- Thursday November 19: 2nd Year Graduate Project Presentation
Due to social distancing, there will be no presentations at the Sunwheel this summer. However, the public is welcome to visit our site for sunrise and sunset to celebrate the longest days of the year. Visitors should wear masks, maintain social distancing, and be prepared for the possibility of wet footing and mosquitoses.
More info from Professor Steve Schneider: http://www.umass.edu/sunwheel/pages/gatherings
Left: About a quarter hour after sunrise at the Sunwheel during the 2018 summer solstice. The sun rises at an angle approximately equalling our latitude.
(Photo: S. E. Schneider)
Right: Shortly after sunset at the Sunwheel during the 2019 summer solstice. Sunlight reflecting off the bottoms of the clouds produces a “sun pillar” similar to how light reflects off the ocean at sunset.
(Photo: S. E. Schneider)
Title: Tales from our Dusty, Warped Past: Lensing Environments of Planck-selected Submillimeter Galaxies Observed with Gemini
Supervisor: James Lowenthal (Smith College)