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.
Rob Hunt, a UMass Film Studies student, made a documentary film about Kevin Harrington ('16) this year for his senior thesis. This film won the Michael S. Roif Award for the Best Documentary Film.
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.
The Boston Globe interviewed Professor Alex Pope on Thursday, 3/23/17 regarding the discovery of an ancient galaxy.
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.