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.
Near-Field Cosmology at Virginia
Star Formation At Virginia
Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) at Virginia
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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.
The NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP) supports outstanding postdoctoral scientists to pursue independent research which contributes to NASA Astrophysics, using theory, observation, experimentation, or instrumental development. The NHFP preserves the legacy of NASA’s previous postdoctoral fellowship programs. Once selected, fellows are named to one of three sub-categories corresponding to NASA’s “big questions”: How Does the Universe Work? - Einstein Fellows; How Did We Get Here? - Hubble Fellows; Are We Alone?
The AAS Fellows program was established in 2019 to confer recognition upon AAS members for achievement and extraordinary service to the field of astronomy and the American Astronomical Society. AAS Fellows are recognized for their contributions toward the AAS mission of enhancing and sharing humanity's scientific understanding of the universe. Roger Chevalier was recently selected as an American Astronomical Society Legacy Fellow.
Near-Field Cosmology at Virginia
A group of astronomers, including U.Va.'s Craig Sarazin, have observed two groups of galaxies slamming into one another at a speed of about 4 million miles per hour. The colliding groups will eventually merge and form a single cluster of galaxies; these are the largest objects in the Universe. Clusters contain as much material as one million, billion stars. This cosmic train wreck was observed with a number of space and ground-based observatories, including by U.Va. astronomers using the Apache Point Observatory (APO) in New Mexico. U.Va.
South Africa's MeerKAT peers deep into the Universe - UVA Grad Student Allison Matthews continues to work on this project to learn more about star formation. Learn more about her work here: http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/South_Africas_MeerKAT_peers_deep_into_...
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October 15, 2020
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... Read»
June 19, 2020
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... Read»