Karin Oberg, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, was awarded the prestigious Packard fellowship. Her citation reads: "Oberg is an astrochemist. She combines ice experiments and radio astronomy to explore the chemistry present during planet formation. This chemistry regulates the compositions and habitability of nascent planets, and is thus key to our understanding of the origins of life." For more details, see the public announcement at Packard
Avi Loeb, Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science, has been appointed to serve on the Board on Physics and Astronomy (BPA), which is the principal forum for issues connected with the fields of physics and astronomy of the National Academies.
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 2014 ITC Reception, September 14, 2014.
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