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Taylor Tobin is Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Published Date:April 7, 2015

Taylor Tobin has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Taylor is one of 35 Astronomy students across the country to be awarded this prestigious fellowship. Congratulations, Taylor!

Published Date: April 7, 2015


Joaquin Vieira

Prof. Joaquin Vieira named Center for Advanced Study Fellow

Published Date:March 30, 2015

Assistant Professor Joaquin Vieira has been named a Center for Advanced Study Fellow and Beckman Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year. Prof. Vieira will spend time pursuing his research project “Observing the Birth of the Universe: Building and Deploying a New Camera for the South Pole Telescope.”

Published Date: March 30, 2015


Gammie selected for 2015 Simons Fellowship

Author: Siv Schwink

Published Date:March 18, 2015

Professor Charles Gammie has been named a 2015 Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics by the Simons Foundation. Gammie will use the fellowship to continue his leading-edge theoretical work in black hole astrophysics while on sabbatical next academic year at the University of Oxford in the UK.

Published Date: March 18, 2015


Supernova appears several times in galaxy cluster

Astronomers see supernova split into four images by ‘cosmic lens’

Published Date:March 5, 2015

A team of astronomers, including Ryan Foley from Illinois, have spotted for the first time a distant supernova split into four images using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The multiple images of the exploding star are caused by the powerful gravity of a foreground galaxy in a massive galaxy cluster.

Supernova Refsdal - Galaxy CLuster MACS J1149.5 2223

Published Date: March 5, 2015


Professor Ryan Foley

Prof. Ryan Foley honored as Sloan Research Fellow

Published Date:February 23, 2015

Illinois astronomer Ryan Foley has been selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. Foley, a professor of astronomy and of physics, studies exploding stars and other celestial transient phenomena. Foley is one of 126 early-career scientists chosen for a two-year fellowship.

Published Date: February 23, 2015