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Astrophysics Student Receives Goldwater Scholarship

Published Date:March 24, 2014

University of Illinois undergraduate Sean McLaughlin has been awarded a 2014 Goldwater Scholarship. Sean is an Engineering Physics major studying computational astrophysics and works with Prof. Robert Brunner in Astronomy on searches for strong gravitational lenses. The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

Published Date: March 24, 2014

Scientists Are Human, Too

Published Date:March 17, 2014

Ever wonder what happens when a Universe-shattering discovery is made? National Public Radio recently aired a story about what happened when one astronomer was about to publish calculations that the Universe was far younger than previously thought and the helpful advice he got from his friend and peer-reviewer, U of I Professor Icko Iben Jr..

Published Date: March 17, 2014

First Golden Goose Award of 2014 Goes to Larry Smarr

Published Date:March 6, 2014

Larry Smarr, a physicist whose work at the University of Illinois on calculating black hole collisions led him to champion a federal commitment to dramatically enhance U.S. computing power—which led to the development of NCSA Mosaic, the precursor to today's web browsers—was named as the first 2014 recipient of the Golden Goose Award. This award honors researchers whose work may not have initially appeared to have significant practical applications but has resulted in major benefits to society.

Published Date: March 6, 2014

LCDM selected for Google Summer of Code

Published Date:February 24, 2014

The Laboratory for Cosmological Data Mining has been selected for the 2014 Google Summer of Code. Undergraduate students will work with Professor Robert Brunner and members of the LCDM and receive stipends to develop open source implementations of important astrophysical algorithms such as finding and classifying sources in astronomical image data, estimating distances to galaxies, identifying strong gravitational lens systems, and accelerating cosmological computations by using cloud computing.

Published Date: February 24, 2014

Brunner Appointed Beckman Affiliate

Published Date:February 23, 2014

Professor Robert J. Brunner, PI of the Laboratory for Cosmological Data Mining, has been appointed to an affiliated faculty position in the Image Formation and Processing Group of the Human Computer Interaction theme at the Beckman Institute. He will work on applications of computer vision to astronomical image challenges in collaboration with Professor Thomas Huang's group.

Published Date: February 23, 2014