Adair Payson Lane, UMass Astronomy PhD 1982, passed away at her home in Centerville, MA, this February. Adair Lane was a graduate of Wellesley College (1970) and came to work as a research technician at UMass Amherst. She subsequently enrolled in the graduate program, where her research was in radio astronomy, and her supervisor was Nobel Laureate Joseph Taylor. After graduating, she had positions at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Boston University, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, doing research in radio astronomy and teaching at Boston University. While at the Center for Astrophysics, she played a leading role with the Antarctic Submillimeter Telescope and Remote Observatory (AST/RO), traveling to Antarctica twice. Over her career, she authored or co-authored more than 100 articles and abstracts on planetary science, stellar masers, and the interstellar medium. Her early paper on the lunar albedo continues to be cited in current publications.
Former UMass Astronomy Department graduate student, Dr. Christina C. Williams (University of Arizona) has been awarded the NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship.
The UMass Amherst Astronomy Department's TolTEC Project is in the news.
Dr. Darby Dyar, Professor of Astronomy at Mt. Holyoke College, was recently awarded the G.K Gilbert Award from the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America for "outstanding contributions to the solution of a fundamental problem(s) of planetary geology". http://geosociety.org/pgd/gilbert.html
The APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) is a three day conference for undergraduate physics majors to provide undergraduate women with information, resources, and motivation to support your pursuit of a physics major and a career in physics.
Food and accommodation is provided by the conference.
The 2016 winners of the David J. Van Blerkom Research Scholarship Award are Jonah Chaban and Kendall Sullivan.
Astronomy undergraduate senior, Kevin Harrington, was recently interviewed by NPR affiliate WCAI.
Professor Alexandra Pope and Professor Daniela Calzetti were appointed to serve on the new NASA Science and Technology Definition Teams (STDTs) for the Far Infrared Surveyor and the Large UV/Optical/Near-infrared Telescope Mission Concept Studies, respectively. Over the coming years the STDTs will play a central role in preparing compelling and executable mission concepts for consideration by the 2020 Decadal Survey.
Kevin Harrington has been selected as one of 10 graduating UMass seniors for the 21st Century Leaders Award and will be honored during the graduation week. In addition to his extensive and successful research work, Kevin has been an active leader in many different organizations on and off campus, including teaching drumming in the African House, leading meditation sessions, actively participating in international peace leadership organizations, and peer mentoring. That is on top of being a double major in astronomy and psychology/neurosciences. Please join me in congratulating Kevin for his well deserved recognition. -- Professor Min Yun