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The Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) resides in the Theoretical Astrophysics Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. One of the primary objectives of the ITC is to integrate conceptual theory with computational modeling.

NEWS AND PHOTOS

Current and former ITC Post-doctoral Fellows Shy Genel and Mark Vogelsberger, in collaboration with researchers at several institutions have created the first realistic virtual universe using a computer simulation called "Illustris" that can recreate 13 billion years of cosmic evolution in a cube 350 million light-years on a side with unprecedented resolution. These results, reported in the journal Nature. The video is featured in the New York Times.

A NASA press release describes results of the deepest X-ray observation of a Type Ia supernova ever, which allowed ITC Post-Doctoral fellow Raffaella Margutti, in collaboration with others at CfA, to put meaningful constraints to the progenitor system: Nasa Although nothing was detected in 50 ks of Chandra, the 0-photon image was apparently worthy of the NASA Picture-of-the-day: Astronomy Picture of the Day

Professor of Astronomy, Daniel Eisenstein, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Philip M. Sadler--F.W. Wright Senior Lecturer in the Department of Astronomy and Director, Science Education Department--was recognized recently by the International Planetarium Society at its meeting in Beijing. Phil received the society's Technology and Innovation Award for his 1977 invention of the Starlab portable planetarium. These inflatable planetariums are now in use by thousands of museums and school systems world-wide, reaching millions of children. We have one that is used by CfA staff and students when visiting schools, by local teachers, and by Phil himself for teaching Astronomy 2.

In light of the recent BICEP2 discovery of cosmological gravitational waves, former ITC Research Scholar Anna Ijjas presented two lectures reviewing the principals of inflation, entitled "Introduction to Cosmic Inflation: Principles and Challenges" that can be viewed at these links: Part I Video + Slides and Part II Video + Slides.

ITC and Harvard University Society of Fellows post-doctoral fellow Sayan Chakraborti has been awarded the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Medal for Young Scientist (2014).

An August 2014 report by NPR chronicles Avi Loeb's search for extraterrestrial smog may actually be a good way to search for alien intelligence.

The April 2014 issue of Discover chronicles Avi Loeb's search for our universe's earliest gas clouds, galaxies and stars to tell the scientific version of Genesis.

In Nature, Avi Loeb and collaborator Paulo Pani, of the University of Lisbon in Portugal, posit that primordial black holes are unlikely to exist in numbers sufficient to explain dark matter

The 2014 Rossi Prize of the American Astronomical Society has been awarded to Doug Finkbeiner, together with Tracy Slatyer, and Meng Su, former students and ITC members, "for their discovery, in gamma rays, of the large unanticipated Galactic structure called the 'Fermi Bubbles.'"

Rebekah Dawson and Matthew Walker received the Martin and Beate Block Award for Promising Young Physicists at the 2013 Aspen Center Particle Astrophysics Conference.

Click here for photos from the sixth annual ITC Soccer Cup match, August 16, 2014.

Click here for photos from the Fall 2013 ITC Reception, September 22, 2013.

NEWS ARCHIVE: Click here for a listing of previous news items.

PHOTO ARCHIVE: Click here for a listing of photos from past years.

FOR VISITORS

For general directions to the CfA, click here.

Directions and other information for visitors may be found here (password protected).

OPPORTUNITIES


Visiting Scholars

Faculty on sabbatical from institutions outside Harvard wishing to conduct research at the ITC, typically for one semester in residence, may contact the ITC Director, Avi Loeb. Applicants must be endorsed and nominated by Senior ITC members.


Postdoctoral Fellowships

For application procedures for the ITC Postdoctoral Fellowship, please click here.


Predoctoral Fellowships

Graduate students at institutions outside Harvard wishing to conduct thesis research at the ITC for a period of one year may apply to the SAO Predoctoral Program.

The ITC also has limited funds to support students wishing to conduct research at the ITC for a period of one to three months. For more information, please email itcinfo[at]cfa.harvard.edu.


AWARDS

The Eric R. Keto Prize for Graduate Students in Theoretical Astrophysics, endowed with a generous donation by ITC Senior Member Eric Keto, is awarded each year for the best thesis in theoretical astrophysics by a student at the CfA, as selected by the Senior Members of the ITC.

  • 2014 - Katherine Deck and Paul Torrey
  • 2013 - Robert Penna
  • 2012 - Laura Blecha
  • 2011 - Gurtina Besla
  • 2010 - Claude-Andre Faucher-Giguere
  • 2009 - Matt McQuinn (Astronomy) and Rebecca Shafee (Physics)

CONFERENCES

Eighth Harvard-Smithsonian Conference on Theoretical Astrophysics: Debates on the Nature of Dark Matter, May 19 - 22, 2014 in Cambridge MA. Sponsored by Raymond and Beverly Sackler and Irwin Shapiro.

Seventh Harvard-Smithsonian Conference on Theoretical Astrophysics: Testing General Relativity (GR) with Astrophysical Systems, May 14 - 17, 2012 in Cambridge MA. Sponsored by Raymond and Beverly Sackler and Irwin Shapiro.

OTHER RESOURCES

For information on all Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics postdoctoral research fellowship opportunities, please click here.

Information on the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship Program, can be found here.

Canadian citizens may apply for funding through the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

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