Rukmani Vijayaraghavan has been awarded a NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship. This prestigious fellowship is awarded annually to ~10 PhD astronomers. Ms. Vijayaraghavan will take her fellowship to the University of Virginia, where she will carry out a study of galaxy clusters.
The Astronomy Department is pleased to announce the 2015 Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lecture in Astronomy will be delivered by Prof. John Carlstrom of the University of Chicago, The lecture, "What Scientists Know About The Big Bang," will be at 7:00pm on March 4th in Lincoln Hall Theater.
Illinois astronomy professor Leslie Looney (left) and former graduate student Ian Stephens, now at Boston University, studied a newborn star to see, for the first time, the magnetic field that will shape the planets of that star’s solar system.
A strange and sneaky type of supernova has exploded in a galaxy not so far away. University of Illinois Astronomer Ryan Foley has led the effort to classify and study this class of 'weirdo' supernova explosions, which was featured featured in a recent National Geographic article.
Matthew Turk has been named a recipient of a Moore Investigator Award in Data-Driven Discovery from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. These awards are part of the foundation’s Data-Driven Discovery Initiative, which is committed to enabling new types of scientific breakthroughs by supporting interdisciplinary, data-driven researchers.Turk plans to use the five-year award to further develop the “yt project,” which he founded to help his own study of early stars.