Whitney Wills Richardson received a Hoos Building Bridges Award from President Ryan on April 7. She was cited as being “a selfless departmental citizen. … She is someone who volunteers to help with all types of department activities, proactively improves processes as needed, and makes space in the department for everyone.
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An international research group led by a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Virginia’s Department of Astronomy identified a rich organic chemistry in young disks surrounding 50 newly formed stars. Read more here.
APOGEE observations of the warp in the Milky Way done by Steve Majewski, Xinlun Cheng, and Borja Anguiano are feature in the Charlottesville newspaper: The Daily Progress. Read the article here: https://dailyprogress.com/news/watch-now-galactic-smack-may-have-caused-...
Professor Kelsey Johnson has been elected to serve as president to the American Astronomical Society. Dr. Johnson is currently a Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Director of the UVA Echols Scholars Program.
John Hawley, Hamilton and VITA Professor of Astronomy and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, was recently named as a Fellow of the American Astronomical Society. John was cited “For pioneering work in computational astrophysics and its application to studies of accretion disks and jets.” More information here: https://aas.org/grants-and-prizes/aas-fellows
Professor Ilse Cleeves has recieved the Research Excellence Award by the University of Virginia Research Achievement Awards committee. Each year up to three researchers are selected across UVA for this honor through a nomination process and a rigorous review by a multi-disciplinary awards committee. This award recognizes faculty members who have generated sufficient volume of scholarship of high quality and are emerging in their fields as leaders and acknowledged as such by their peers.
By monitoring the cosmos with a radio telescope array, an international team of scientists has detected radio bursts emanating from the constellation Boötes – that could be the first radio emission collected from a planet beyond our solar system.
Nitya Kallivayalil’s research was featured in a Quanta magazine article entitled “The New History of the Milky Way”, which explores the outsize influence of the Large Magellanic Cloud on our own galaxy.
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Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, in 2012 the Jefferson Scholars Foundation began recognizing University faculty who have demonstrated both excellence in teaching and exceeding care for their students. This award honors those teachers in our community who have gone the extra mile in fulfilling their vocation without regard for their own advancement. This year, Mark Whittle was nominated and has been designated as a 2020 recipient. Professor Whittle has been in the Astronomy department since 1986 and his research interests include active galaxies and cosmology.
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May 7, 2021
Whitney Wills Richardson received a Hoos Building Bridges Award from President Ryan on April 7. She was cited as being “a selfless departmental citizen. … She is someone who volunteers to help... Read»
April 5, 2021
An international research group led by a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Virginia’s Department of Astronomy identified a rich organic chemistry in young disks surrounding 50... Read»