News and Events

Monday, February 4, 2019

Spring 2019 Journals Club begins February 4th. This semester's focus is "A Review of Cultural Issues Facing Astronomers".

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Students from Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke visited to tour our research facilities, eat donuts, and meet our researchers and faculty. Special thanks to Camilla Sise, Physics Teacher and Head of the High School's Science Department, for arranging the visit!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The 2019 Dannie Heineman Prize was awarded to PhD Alumn Ted Bergin by the American Astronomical Society and the American Institute of Physics.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

UMass Amherst will host the January 18-20 American Physical Society Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP).


Friday, January 18, 2019

The Astronomy Department will host the 5th New England Star Formation Meeting on January 18, 2019. The aim of this series of meetings is to bring together the students, postdocs, and faculty who are working on topics related to the Galactic star formation, in order to share recent research efforts.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Congratulations to graduate student Sarah Betti's first peer-reviewed publication, "Constraining the Magnetic Field of the Smith High Velocity Cloud using Faraday Rotation".

Monday, December 3, 2018

Two undergraduate astronomy majors, Zoe Kearney and Kenneth Lin, were selected as UMass nominees for the national Goldwater Scholarship competition.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Professor Daniela Calzetti and Professor Mauro Giavalisco have been recently recognized by Web of Science Clarivate Analytics as High Cited Researchers for 2018. The full article from the UMass News and Media Relations can be found at:

Monday, October 15, 2018

Robert Williams, former director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, will speak on "Probing the Distant Universe with Hubble Space Telescope" on Monday, October 22 at 8:00 PM in the Student Union Ballroom at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Click on link below to see a poster for the event for more information.