|Thu Feb 20 10:30:35 2014
Professor Daniel Wang was recently elected to a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the High Energy Division of the American Astronomical Society.
Professor Daniel Calzetti has been nominated Chair of the AAS Dannie Heineman Prize Committee for the year 2014. Her term on the committee will continue until the end of 2015.
Professor Daniela Calzetti has been nominated to the NASA COPAG (Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group) Executive Committee, with a 3 year term. See article on NASA COPAG.
Professor Daniel Wang was recently appointed as a Yixing (endowed) Visiting Chair Professorship at Nanjing University in China. This appointment lasts for three years. The award is for his international reputation as a distinguished astronomer, and his outstanding contribution to the school of astronomy and space science of the university.
Professor Daniel Wang had an extended visit early this year to the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University as a Raymond and Beverley Sackler Distinguished Visiting Astronomer.
Professor Mauro Giavalisco, with international team, identifies earliest galaxy ever detected.
Professor Daniel Wang and an international team discover why massive black holes consume less material than expected.
Giant new telescope ready to attempt imaging black hole at center of galaxy. Article in the UMass Amherst "In The Loop" Weekly 8/22/13.
Professor Emeritus William M. Irvine has been elected to the Steering Committee of the new IAU Division F, Planetary Systems and Bioastronomy. Commission F "deals with our Solar System, extrasolar planetary systems, and bioastronomy. To this purpose, the Division promotes studies concerning planetary systems, including our own, aimed at the understanding of their formation and evolution, from the point of view of the dynamics and of the physics, as well as of the occurrence of conditions favourable to the development of life in the universe. Division F promotes the dissemination of reliable physical and dynamical data concerning the astronomical objects in the above fields, and oversees the assignment of proper nomenclature and discovery credits, where appropriate."
Some 1740 of the IAU's >10,000 members belong to Division F.