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.
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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.
Astronomy's Ilse Cleeves has won the prestigious Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D (WiSTEM2D) Scholars Award. The Johnson & Johnson program seeks to “fuel development of future female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their careers.” More than 540 nominees from around the world were considered for this year’s awards.
During the virtual Astronomy Department Diploma ceremony on 17 May, the winners of the Lawrence W. Fredrick award of the Astronomy department and the winners of three undergraduate Astronomy awards were announced.
Graduate student, Hannah Lewis, and Undergraduate student, Mary Brewer, are researching phenomena in our own Milky Way galaxy through a Double Hoo grant, which pairs an undergraduate student with a graduate student mentor to conduct research on a topic of their choice.
Congratulations to Thankful Cromartie who was awarded this year's Allan T. Gwathmey Memorial Award. This award comes from the UVa Graduate School of the College of Arts and Sciences for the best paper on a "fundamental problem in physical sciences" by a current graduate student or recent PhDs. It carries a cash award of $6,500 and is a great recognition of Thankful's work.
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February 18, 2021
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... Read»
February 2, 2021
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... Read»