Department News: 2014
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