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
Steven Wagner, a Junior Astronomy major, is the winner of this year's Fields Scholarship.
Located in the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona is Kitt Peaqk National Observatory, where four UMass astronomy students traveled over winter break to map galaxies in the dark desert skies.
Professor Gopal Narayanan and Ron Grosslein, UMass Astronomy Department Research Engineer, were interviewed by a reporter from the Northampton Daily Hampshire Gazette newspaper in 2015 regarding their efforts on the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT).
Astronomy major Patrick Drew was recently notified that he is the recipient of the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award for his poster presentation at the American Astronomical Society, held in Kissimmee, Florids January 4-8, 2016.
Junior astronomy major, Aaron Dunbrack, has been recognized as one of the five honorees of the Rising Researcher Program at UMass Amherst.