Department News
Congratulations to Vinicius Miranda for receiving the Schramm Fellowship
October 17, 2014
Vinicius Miranda , a doctoral student in Astronomy and Astrophysics, was awarded the Schramm Fellowship. Miranda was nominated by Wayne Hu, Professor of astronomy and astrophysics.

David N. Schramm, M.A.and S.B ‘67, Ph.D ‘71. was a professor for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Enrico Fermi Institute and Physics and was designated the Louis Block Professor of the Physical Sciences in 1982; as well as Vice President for Research in 1995

Jacob Bean wins a 2014 Packard Fellowship
October 15, 2014
Congratulations to Jacob Bean for winning a 2014 Packard Fellowship!

His Citation: By studying the atmospheres of planets beyond our solar system, also known as "exoplanets," Bean's goal is to gain a deeper understanding of planetary formation, physics, chemistry and ultimately, habitability. Using ground and space-based telescopes, Bean is interested in detecting and characterizing these worlds and eventually identifying other Earth-like planets.

The Packard Foundation established the Fellowships program in 1988 to provide early-career scientists with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields. Each year, the Foundation invites 50 universities to nominate two faculty members for consideration. The Packard Fellowships Advisory Panel, a group of 12 internationally-recognized scientists and engineers, evaluates the nominations and recommends Fellows for approval by the Packard Foundation Board of Trustees.

Angela V. Olinto
Department Chair

Department members: Jacob L. Bean, Angela V. Olinto

Wendy Freedman, a world-leading astronomer, joins Astronomy & Astrophysics faculty
August 7, 2014
Wendy Freedman, Director of the Carnegie Observatories, will be joining the University of Chicago as the University Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics on 1 September 2014. Freedman is world-renowned for leading the Hubble Key Project that determined the precise expansion rate of the Universe first discovered by UChicago alumnus Edwin Hubble. An outstanding scientist and leader, Freedman also brings to Chicago her leadership of the Giant Magellan Telescope Project, the largest telescope to be built by the end of the decade.

"Well, finally Edwin Hubble and George Ellery Hale are back and their name is Wendy Freedman," said department Chair Angela Olinto.

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Department members: Wendy Freedman, Angela V. Olinto
Scientific projects: Giant Magellan Telescope

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Baxter!
July 18, 2014
Congratulations to Eric Baxter for successfully defending his PhD dissertation on "Measuring Gravitational Lensing of the Cosmic Microwave Background by Galaxy Clusters."

Department members: Scott Dodelson
Department students: Eric Baxter

Congratulations to Louis Abramson for becoming a James W. Cronin Graduate Fellow!
July 16, 2014
Louis Abramson is the first recipient of the James W. Cronin Graduate Fellowship in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Congratulation to Louis!

Angela V. Olinto,
Homer J. Livingston Professor and Chair Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics

Department members: James W. Cronin, Michael D. Gladders, Angela V. Olinto
Department students: Louis Abramson

Vivian Hoette, Yerkes Observatory, wins the Thomas J. Brennan Award
June 16, 2014
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), one of the oldest and most respected science education organizations in the U.S., has announced the recipients of its prestigious annual awards recognizing individuals for their leadership in and advancement of astronomy and space science.

Thomas J. Brennan Award for exceptional achievement relating to the teaching of astronomy at the high school level to Vivian Hoette in recognition of her innovative work in education, outreach, and teacher professional development. Since 1975, Hoette has introduced space and earth science to high school students in the classroom and via education programs at Lawrence Hall of Science, Adler Planetarium, and Yerkes Observatory. As a tireless and inspirational educator, she is known as the “go to” person in astronomy education in Illinois and Wisconsin. Deeply involved in launching Yerkes’ Hands-On Universe project in high schools, Hoette has also designed and delivered professional development programs for high school teachers across the country.

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Congratulations to Wayne Hu for being appointed the Horace B. Horton Professor!
June 13, 2014
Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating Wayne for being appointed the newest Horace B. Horton Professor (effective 1 November 2014)!

A well deserved honor and a continuing tradition of excellence in the Department. (The current Horace B. Horton Professor is our own Don York.)

Congratulation Wayne!
And the best wishes,

Angela V. Olinto,
Homer J. Livingston Professor and Chair Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics

Department members: Wayne Hu, Angela V. Olinto, Donald G. York

Congratulations to Louis Abramson for winning a Harper Dissertation Fellowship!
June 12, 2014
Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating Louis Abramson for winning a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year. One of the University of Chicago's highest honors, the award recognizes significant achievement during graduate studies and professional promise.

Congratulations Louis!!

Angela V. Olinto,
Homer J. Livingston Professor and Chair Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics

Department members: Michael D. Gladders, Angela V. Olinto
Department students: Louis Abramson

Congratulations to Vinicius Miranda for winning a Nathan Sugarman research award!
June 4, 2014
Fermi Institute announces recipients of Nathan Sugarman research awards.
Vinicius Miranda, a doctoral student in astronomy and astrophysics, was cited "for his thorough and careful work in elucidating the effect of inflationary features on cosmic microwave background anisotropy and non-Gaussianity." Miranda was nominated by Wayne Hu, professor of astronomy and astrophysics.

Nathan Sugarman, SB’37, PhD’41, was a charter member of the Enrico Fermi Institute and a longtime professor in chemistry.

Department members: Wayne Hu
Department students: Vinicius Miranda Braganca

Congratulations to Ian Remming for winning a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!
April 17, 2014
Ian Remming is a second-year graduate student and a doctoral candidate. His research is focused on modeling magneto-hydrodynamical thermonuclear explosions in magnetized degenerate plasma in collaboration with Prof. Alexei Khokhlov.

Department members: Alexei M. Khokhlov
Department students: Ian Remming

SPT Google Trekker Photos
April 9, 2014
Virtually visit the South Pole Telescope and the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, which is operated by the National Science foundation via panoramic in Google Street View format. SPT is supported by NSF-OPP and DOE.

Photos taken by Kyle Story.

Department members: John E. Carlstrom
Scientific projects: South Pole Telescope

Congratulations to Prof. Nick Gnedin for becoming a Fellow of the American Physical Society!
March 17, 2014
Congratulations to Prof. Nick Gnedin for becoming a Fellow of the American Physical Society!

His Citation: For pioneering work in computational cosmology, which has led to a deep understanding of the Lyman alpha forest and reionization of the universe.

Congratulations Nick!!!

Angela V. Olinto
Department Chair

His Fellowship will be celebrated at the April APS meeting in Savannah, Georgia,April 5-6, 2014.
New Fellows of the Division of Astrophysics.

Department members: Nickolay Y. Gnedin, Angela V. Olinto

Congratulations to Dr. Bradford Benson!
March 13, 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Bradford Benson, Associate Scientist at Fermilab, who joins the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics as a new Assistant Professor. Welcome Brad!

Department members: Bradford A. Benson

Congratulations to Prof. D. Fabrycky!
February 18, 2014
Please join me in congratulating Daniel Fabrycky, who was selected as a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow!

Angela V. Olinto,
Department Chair

Department members: Daniel Fabrycky, Angela V. Olinto

Congratulations to Hannah Diamond-Lowe!
February 17, 2014
Hannah Diamond-Lowe, an undergraduate student working with Prof. Jacob Bean, has received the BEST POSTER AWARD for her poster "A New Look at the Thermal Inversion of HD209458b" at the Exoclimes III conference in Davos, Switzerland.

Department members: Jacob L. Bean

New CCD detector system shipped to Carnegie Observatories
January 23, 2014
A new detector system developed and built by the group of Prof. Jacob Bean in collaboration with Fermilab has been shipped to Carnegie Observatories today. The CCD detector offers an unprecedented infrared sensitivity and will enable new science with the LDSS3 spectrograph at the 6.5m Clay telescope at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile where the system will be installed in March of this year.

Department members: Jacob L. Bean, Andreas Seifahrt
Scientific projects: Magellan Telescopes

Congratulations to Angela Olinto!
December 6, 2013
Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce that effective 1 January 2014, Angela Olinto will be the Homer J. Livingston Professor. This appointment is in recognition of Angela's contributions to scholarship, teaching, and the intellectual community of the University.

Please join me in congratulating Angela!

Rocky Kolb
Dean of the Physical Sciences

Department members: Edward ''Rocky'' W. Kolb, Angela V. Olinto

Applications for the graduate program now being accepted for the 2014-2015 academic year
November 6, 2013
Take the next step to becoming a graduate student at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Chicago!

To apply for the graduate program visit the University of Chicago Graduate Admissions website. Under, Find Your Graduate Program and Apply, we are the Physical Sciences. The deadline for applications: January 6, 2014.

Required materials:
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • GRE and Physics GREs
  • TOEFL for International Students