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.
Astronomy Department graduate student Allison Kirkpatrick was recently named as a top three pick in the AAS brochure advertising the AAS science journals.
Professor Daniela Calzetti is the recipient of the 2016 Tage Erlander Visiting Professorship from the Swedish Research Council. The Professorship is awarded annually to an internationally prominent researcher in the areas of natural and engineering sciences.
In connection with the Professorship, Professor Calzetti will be spending six months during the Spring and Summer of 2016 at the University of Stockholm (Sweden).
The official text of the award can be found at: http://www.vr.se/inenglish/researchfunding/fundinggranted/visitingprofes...
Details of the Tage Erlander Visiting Professorship can be found at: http://www.vr.se/inenglish/researchfunding/ourgrants2015/visitingprofess...
Kaci Naughton, a freshman astronomy major on the Astrophysics BS track, is awarded the Provost's Undergraduate Research Fellowship (PURF) for 2015. She will be mentored by Kevin Harrington, who is a senior astronomy major and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College with an extensive research experience in the department.