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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

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Monday, May 13, 2024
Zach Webb

The Astronomy Department is pleased to announce that the 2024 Mary Dailey Irvine Outstanding Thesis Prize goes to: Zach Webb (UMass)

Thesis title: “New Insight into the Radial Distribution of Globular Clusters in Abell 2744 Using JWST”
Advisor: Prof. Kate Whitaker

Sunday, May 12, 2024

The 2024 David van Blerkom Research Scholarship in Astronomy was awarded to: Jordan Brewster and Ishan Rana. An endowment fund established by Janet Van Blerkom. The purpose of the fund is to endow undergraduate research scholarships in the Department of Astronomy in memory of her husband, David J. Van Blerkom, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts. This scholarship fund is awarded based on academic excellence to a University of Massachusetts undergraduate and supports a research internship for that undergraduate. Congratulations to Jordan and Ishan!

Saturday, May 11, 2024

The 2023-2024 Outstanding Astronomy Senior Award was awarded to Andrew Wright and Zachary Webb. The Outstanding Astronomy Senior Award is awarded to graduating undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding performance across the multiple dimensions of academics, research, and community engagement. Congratulations to Andrew and Zach!

Friday, May 10, 2024

The 2023-2024  Astronomy Award for Academic Excellence was awarded to Giselle Hoermann and  Seamus McNulty. The Astronomy Award for Academic Excellence is awarded to a graduating undergraduate student who has achieved outstanding academic  performance, through excellent GPA. Congratulations to Giselle and Seamus!

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Congratulations to Prof. Alexandra Pope, who has been awarded the 2024 UMass ADVANCE Faculty Peer Mentor Award. This award

recognizes the invaluable contributions of faculty members in mentoring and supporting their colleagues' professional development. 

More information, including the citation for the award to Prof. Pope, can be found here

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Monday, April 8, 2024
Solar Eclipse

Please join UMass Amherst Astronomy on April 8, 2024, to observe the solar eclipse which will reach 94.6% totality at our campus location on the earth. On this day, the peak of the eclipse in Amherst will be at 3:28pm.

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

FCAD Scholars Spotlight is a novel initiative founded by Moiz Khalil (UMass 24’), under the mentorship of Profs. Kim Ward-Duong and Kate Whitaker.  This spotlight provides a unique platform for early-career researchers at all levels – from undergraduates to postdocs – to share their research and contributions to the field of astronomy. Check it out here!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024
James Lowenthal Speaker

James Lowenthal, the Mary Elizabeth Moses Professor and Chair of Astronomy at Smith College, will be giving a public lecture with title: `Chasing the Moon's Shadow: The Total Solar Eclipse of April 8, 2024', on Wednesday March 27th, 2024. The lecture will take place in the Auditorium (Room 135) of the Integrated Sciences Building, starting at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm). The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Andrew Mizener

Congratulations to Astronomy graduate student Andrew Mizener, who received a Honorable Mention for the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Award of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).The Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards are given to recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present at one of the poster sessions at the meetings of the AAS. Recipients of the Honorable Mention receive a certificate from the AAS.

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