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11/15/2017 Professor Caty Pilachowski is serving as the Chair of the Advisory Committee for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation. The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the National Science Foundation's programs within the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, addressing policies and directions for achieving overall program excellence.

11/8/2017 Today's 5th Annual F. K. Edmondson Astronomy Public Lecture will be given by Wendy Freedman (University of Chicago) on the topic of "Our Unexpected Universe." Prof Freedman will talk about how the universe is filled with dark matter that emits no light and with energy that permeates all of space, causing its expansion to speed up with time. She will also talk about how new giant telescopes that are planned for the next decade are likely to reveal more surprises.

11/7/2017 Former undergraduate and graduate student Dr. Annie Mejia visited Bloomington this week as a College of Arts and Sciences Luminary. She met with current students to share her experience in a successful career in public outreach and education. Her website snannie.com includes examples of some of the scientific exhibits she has designed and produced.

11/1/2017 The Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Competitiveness in Spain has appointed Professor Caty Pilachowski as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canaris. The IAC, headquartered on Tenerife, operates astronomical observatories and facilities on the islands of Tenerife and La Palma in the Canary Islands.

10/24/2017 Professor Liese van Zee is a member of the US delegation to the International Telecommunication Union Working Party 7D (Radio Astronomy) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. These semi-annual meetings lay the foundation for international regulations of the radio spectrum.

10/21/2017 Astronomy undergraduate and graduate students and faculty enjoyed participating in this year's Science Fest at IU. Hundreds of visitors stopped in at our Hands-On Astronomy Room where they tried their hand at making comets, experimenting with infrared vision, and exploring a massive star cluster in virtual reality. Kids also enjoyed coloring a pocket solar system and spinning our solar system prize wheel. At Kirkwood Observatory, our visitors got a look at the historic 12" refracting telescope and viewed the sun through intermittent clouds. We hope our visitors enjoyed the day as much as we did!

10/16/2017 Graduate student Bobby Butler attended IAU Symposium 338 on Gravitational Wave Astrophysics in Baton Rouge, LA. His poster on "Dark Energy Survey Gravitational Wave Survey: Optical Follow-up of Gravitational Wave Events" was well received.

9/18/2017 Graduate student Maria Tiongco attended the 2017 conference "Modelling and observing dense stellar systems, being MODEST 17 Under Prague's Starry Skies" at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, during September 18-22, 2017, and presented a paper on "Dynamical evolution of tidally limited rotating star clusters."

9/5/2017 Former undergraduate student Willam P. Bowman published a paper titled "Photometric Detection of Multiple Populations in Globular Clusters Using Integrated Light" in the Astronomical Journal. The paper is based on work Will completed for his honors thesis at IU.

8/21/2017 IU Bloomington was in the path of the partial solar eclipse for nearly three hours this afternoon. The Office of Science Outreach (OSO) organized CelestFest, a solar eclipse viewing party, in the Conrad Prebys Ampitheather on campus. The OSO distributed a total of 10,000 solar eclipse viewers at the Ampitheater and other satellite locations on campus. Prior to the event, the Astronomy Department distributed nearly 1250 viewing glasses to many K-12 and not-for-profit organizations, helping prepare the local community for the eclipse.

8/1/2017 Undergraduate astronomy major Doryan Miller was an LSAMP research scholar during the summer working with Professor Caty Pilachowski on photometry of stars in globular clusters in the galactic bulge, using data from the Blanco DECam Bulge Survey. Doryan's work focused specifically on the globular cluster Messier 22.

6/30/2017 Our very own Professor Liese van Zee was interviewed by Wired Magazine's Sarah Scoles on the topic "Your Connected Devices are Screwing up Astronomy" . Professor van Zee was able to bring attention to a rather serious topic affecting radio astronomy while reaching a whole new audience through Wired's website. The article can be found at https://www.wired.com/story/your-connected-devices-are-screwing-up-astronomy/. Definitely worth a read.

6/26/2017 Graduate student Samantha Brunker received a Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Award for her poster "HST Imaging of the (Almost) Dark ALFALFA Source AGC 229385" presented at the 230th AAS meeting in Austin, Texas. Deep optical imaging with the WIYN 3.5-m telescope revealed an ultra-low surface brightness stellar component located at the center of the HI detection of this enigmatic galaxy. Their HST images resolved a stellar population that is dominated by older stars, contrary to expectations given the blue optical colors obtained from their ground-based photometry. Their new distance determination is substantially lower than earlier estimates, and shows that AGC 229385 is an extreme dwarf galaxy with one of the highest MHI/L ratios known.

6/26/2017 Samantha Brunker and Hannah Pagel have been awarded Indiana Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowships for 2017-2018 to support their dissertation research. Congratulations to Sam and Hannah!

5/31/2017 Graduate student Zachary Maas published a paper titled "Phosphorus Abundances in FGK Stars" in the Astrophysical Journal.

3/30/2017 We just got news that our own Dr. Samir Salim has been recently admitted as a member to the TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope) International Science Development Team (ISDT) for the Early Universe, Galaxy Formation and the Intergalactic Matter. If you would like to read more about how Dr. Salim will be helping to plan and design what eventually will become the most advanced and powerful optical telescope on Earth, please visit the TMT website: http://www.tmt.org. Congratulations Dr. Salim!

3/28/2017 Our own Zack Maas has received a McCormick Science Grant for 2017. The McCormick Science Grant Fund was established by Dr. Charles O. McCormick III to support basic science research and to honor his grandfather and father. The College annually awards three grants of $2,500 each to the graduate student member of a faculty/graduate student team whose research, either proposed or in progress, is judged to be most creative, visionary, and innovative. Nicely done Zack!!

3/20/2017 Andrew Hayslip, graduating with a BA in Astronomy and Astrophysics in December 2016, has gotten a job with the new Discovery Channel Telescope. Andrew will be a telescope operator at the country's newest 4-m class telescope located in northern Arizona.

3/20/2017 Former Astronomy & Astrophysics undergraduate Chris Hayes was awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2017. The NSF fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements. Chris will be holding his 3-year fellowship at the University of Virginia, where he began his graduate career after graduating from IU in 2015. Chris's research focuses on understanding the populations of the most metal-deficient stars in the halo of our Milky Way galaxy, using a combination of their chemical composition, motions, and positions to learn about their origin and history of chemical enrichment.

2/28/2017 Our very own Bill Janesh has been awarded a Dissertation Research Fellowship by the College of Arts and Sciences for the 2017-2018 academic year. From the announcement: With this award the College recognizes the quality of your past graduate work and expresses the confidence of the College and your department in your promise as a developing scholar. It is our hope that the award will enable you to concentrate your efforts on your research and will provide maximum flexibility at this critical time in your career. Congratulations Bill!

2/24/2017 Congratulations to Maria Tiongco for winning the 2017-18 Presidentís Diversity Dissertation Fellowship. The Presidentís Diversity Dissertation Fellowship was established in 2014 to provide one year of support to advanced doctoral students who are completing Ph.D. dissertations. These are one time fellowships meant to offset a scholarís living expenses while completing the dissertation. Way to go Maria!!

1/4/2017 IU Astronomy is well represented at the 229th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, in Grapevine, Texas. Presenting authors from IUB include current graduate student Karna Desai and undergraduate student Neil Bassett, and Professors Pilachowski and Vesperini during the week-long conference. In addition to posters on their scientific research, several poster presentations highlight educational and outreach initiatives underway at IUB.

1/1/2017 Professor Liese van Zee has received a NASA/ADAP grant for "An Extension of the EDGES Survey: Stellar Populations in Dark Matter Halos." The award supports analysis of multi-wavelength imaging observations to investigate the growth and evolution of the stellar component of a statistical sample of nearby galaxies.

12/1/2016 Current graduate student Zachary Maas published a paper titled "Chlorine Abundances in Cool Stars" in the Astronomical Journal.

11/20/2016 Recent undergraduate student Rashad Givens published a paper titled "The Abundance of Lithium in an ABG Star in the Globular Cluster M3 (NGC5272)" in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

11/16/2016 Current graduate student Karna Desai has received a Travel Award from the IU College of Arts & Sciences to support his participation in the American 229th Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Grapevine, Texas in January 2017. At the AAS meeting, Karna will give a presentation on his dissertation research entitled, "Migration of Gas Giant Planets in a Gravitationally Unstable Disk". Congrats Karna!!

11/12/2016 The IU Astronomy Department has decided to no longer require the Physics GRE as part of the admissions process for its graduate program.

11/9/2016 Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt will be giving a public talk on "The Accelerating Universe" today. Prof. Schmidt's visit to IU is part of an effort to build connections between IU and the Australian National University.

10/26/2016 Today's 4th Annual F. K. Edmondson Astronomy Public Lecture will be given by Josh Winn (Princeton University) on the topic "Strange New Worlds". Professor Winn will talk about 'exoplanets', planets circling distant stars, explain the new technologies and techniques that were required to find these planets, and what kind of planets have been found. Josh Winn is a physicist and astronomer at Princeton University. His research goals are to explore the properties of planets around other stars, understand how planets form and evolve, and make progress on the age-old question of whether there are other planets capable of supporting life.

10/22/2016 The third annual IU Science Fest was held across campus today. In the Hands-on Astronomy room, visitors were able to make dry ice comets, model solar systems, explore the infrared spectrum with our new IR camera, and watch 3-d animations of globular clusters. We also conducted tours of the historic Kirkwood Observatory and Solar Lab, including observations of the moon through the Kirkwood telescope.

10/8/2016 The IU Astronomy club participated in the world-wide "Observe the Moon" night by hosting viewing parties on campus.

9/13/2016 Kathy Rhode received an NSF award for "A Systematic Search for Stars in Almost-Dark Galaxies." The award supports observations with the WIYN 3.5m telescope to investigate the optical properties of Ultra-Compact High Velocity Clouds and "Almost Dark" galaxies identified in the ALFALFA survey.

7/15/2016 Current graduate student Maria Tiongco received the AAS Division on Dynamical Astronomy Raynor L. Duncombe Prize for Student Research and gave a talk about her research at the Division on Dynamical Astronomy meeting in Nashville, TN. More info about the prize can be found at: https://dda.aas.org/awards/duncombe

7/15/2016 Current graduate student Maria Tiongco published a paper titled, "Kinematical evolution of tidally limited star clusters: the role of retrograde stellar orbits" in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

7/14/2016 Current graduate student Emily Richards published a paper titled "Baryonic Distributions in Galaxy Dark Matter Halos - I. New Observations of Neutral and Ionized Gas Kinematics" in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

6/28/16 Graduate student Jeff Gerber received a Chambliss student poster award for his poster presentation at the 228th AAS meeting in San Diego, California. His award winning poster can be found on the wall on the 3rd Floor of Swain West along with a number of other posters from our talented researchers. Way to go Jeff! More on the Chambliss student poster awards: https://aas.org/posts/news/2016/06/chambliss-student-poster-awards-aas-228

6/1/2016 Recent graduate student Angela Van Sistine published a paper titled "The ALFALFA Halpha Survey I. Project Description and the Local Star-formation Rate Density from the Fall Sample" in the Astrophysical Journal.

6/1/2016 Current graduate student Owen Boberg published a paper titled "Chemical Abundances in NGC 5024 (M53): A Mostly First Generation Globular Cluster" in the Astrophysical Journal.

6/1/2016 Current graduate student Jamie Overbeek published a paper titled "New Neutron-capture Measurements in 23 Open Clusters. I. The r-Process" in the Astrophysical Journal.

5/12/2016 Astronomy Graduate Student Alec Hirschauer along with Professors John Salzer and Katherine Rhode published their findings on the galaxy nicknamed Leoncino, or "little lion". Leoncino contains the lowest level of heavy chemical elements or "metals," ever observed in a gravitationally bound system of stars. Congrats to our colleagues!. To read the write-up in the IU Bloomington Newsroom, follow this link: IUB News. To read the full study published in the Astrophysical Journal, follow this link: ALFALFA DISCOVERY OF THE MOST METAL-POOR GAS-RICH GALAXY KNOWN: AGC 198691

5/1/2016 Current graduate student Owen Boberg published a paper titled "Limitations of CN and CH Molecular Band Strengths at High Metallicities: A Case Study in NGC 6791" in the Astronomical Journal.

4/4/2016 Wonderful news! Our very own Maria Tiongco has been awarded this year's Matias L. Ochoada Fellowship from the College of Arts and Sciences. The fellowship is awarded to a high achieving graduate student to honor the memory of Matias L. Ochoada, a researcher at the IU Cyclotron Facility. To read more about the award: http://www.indiana.edu/~gradgrnt/matias-l-ochoada-fellowship/. To read more about Maria and her research: http://pages.iu.edu/~mtiongco/.

3/19/2016 Current graduate students organized and administered the astronomy competition of the Indiana State Science Olympiad tournament hosted at the IU Bloomington campus. Two divisions, middle school and high school, contended in astronomy-themed competitions with focus on topics such as stellar evolution and extra-solar planet formation.

3/8/2016 Associate Professor Liese van Zee was the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award presented during the third annual Techie Women Have More conference. Prof. van Zee has mentored more than a dozen students including CEWiT's freshman research scholars, departmental honors students, Cox Research Scholars and STARS students. Congratulations Liese! To read more about the Mentor Awards and the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT): http://cewit.indiana.edu/news/Outstanding Mentor and Student Leadership Awards.shtml

2/18/2016 Assistant Professor Enrico Vesperini was one of the five IU assistant professors to be named ďOutstanding Junior Faculty MemberĒ for the academic year 2015-16. Professor Vesperini joined the Astronomy department in 2012 with a focus on the formation and dynamical evolution of star clusters. Congratulations Enrico! To find out about more about the award : http://news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2016/02/outstanding-junior-faculty.shtml. To find out more about Professor Vesperini: http://www.astro.indiana.edu/faculty/vesperini.shtml

1/29/2016 Graduate student Owen Boberg received an Honorable Mention in the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Chambliss Student Award competition for his poster presentation at the 227th AAS meeting in Kissimmmee, Florida. Congratulations to Owen! More on the awards: http://aas.org/posts/news/2016/01/chambliss-student-poster-awards-aas-227

1/8/2016 IU Astronomy is well represented at the 227th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, in Kissimmee, FL.  Emily Richards presented her dissertation talk on "Baryonic Distributions in Galaxy Dark Matter Halos" on Tuesday and Jamie Overbeek gave her dissertation talk on "Neutron Capture Abundances in the Milky Way: New Insights from Open Clusters" on Wednesday.  Four current graduate students and one current undergraduate student presented their results during poster sessions during the week long conference.

12/15/2015 Recent undergraduate student Chris Hayes published a paper titled " Properties of the Old Open Cluster Czernik 30" in the Astronomical Journal.

12/2/2015 Current graduate student Maria Tiongco published a paper titled "Velocity Anisotropy in Tidally Limited Star Clusters" in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

12/2/2015 Today's 3rd Annual F. K. Edmondson Astronomy Public Lecture will be given by Kathryn Johnston on the topic "Galactic Cannibalism." Kathryn Johnston is the Chair of the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University. She is an astronomer who studies how galaxies form and evolve, what they contain and how they are structured. She describes some of these interestes in a recent article in the December 2014 issues of Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/destroyed-dwarf-galaxies-reveal-milky-way-s-history/

11/3/2015 As vice-chair of the Committee on Radio Frequencies, Associate Professor Liese van Zee is co-author of "Handbook of Frequency Allocations and Spectrum Protection for Scientific Uses: Second Edition," which provides information to the scientific and telecommunications communities regarding use of the electromagnetic spectrum for radio astronomy and earth remote sensing applications.

10/24/2015 The second annual IU Science Fest was held across campus today. In the Hands-on Astronomy room, visitors were able to make dry ice comets, model solar systems, and explore the infrared spectrum with our new IR camera. We also conducted tours of the historic Kirkwood Observatory and Solar Lab, though the wet and cloudy weather prevented more hands-on demonstrations. A scale model of the solar system guided visitors  to the Observatory through the fall foliage in Dunn Woods.

8/24/2015 Associate Professor Liese van Zee will be spending most of the fall semester at the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) sponsored by the Helena Kluyver visitor programme. She will be collaborating with former IU undergraduate Betsey Adams and working on the analysis of neutral hydrogen observations of nearby galaxies.

8/18/2015 Current graduate student Alec Hirschauer published a paper titled "Metal Abundances of KISS Galaxies. V. Nebular Abundances of 15 Intermediate Luminosity Star-forming Galaxies" in the Astronomical Journal.

7/1/2015 Current undergraduate Miranda Barnett's research experiences in the Astronomy Department are highlighted on the University's web page. [Read more] A video of her discussing her research is available here.

5/28/2015 Congratulations to current graduate students Emily Richards and Jamie Overbeek for earning Graduate Fellowships from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium!

5/22/2015 Congratulations to current undergraduate student Miranda Barnett for earning an Undergraduate Scholarship from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium!

5/14/2015 Current graduate student Owen Boberg published a paper titled "Chemical Abundances in NGC 5053: A Very Metal-Poor and Dynamically Complex Globular Cluster" in the Astrophysical Journal.

4/30/2015 Congratulations to Professor Stuart Mufson, one of the seven project managers for the NOvA project, as the $247.0M NOvA Project has been recognized by the Department of Energy with an Award of Excellence for successfully constructing the nation's premier neutrino experiment.

4/27/2015 Professor John Salzer received funding for "Hα Dots: Searching for Extremely Metal-Poor Galaxies" from the Faculty Research Support Program. The FRSP grants are designed to support the development of innovative and transformative research ideas into projects that can be submitted for consideration of funding by external grant programs.

4/14/2015 Current graduate student Emily Richards published a paper titled "Baryonic distributions in the dark matter halo of NGC 5005" in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

3/31/2015 Former IU Undergraduate Taylor Tobin was awarded an NSF Predoctoral Fellowship! She is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois. Current graduate students Jeff Gerber and Zack Maas were both recognized with honorable mention!

3/22/2015 IU Astronomy Club hosted a solar viewing at Wonderlab in conjunction with their Jedi Science Weekend.

3/21/2015 Current graduate students organized and administered the astronomy competition of the Indiana State Science Olympiad tournament hosted at the IU Bloomington campus. Two divisions, middle school and high school, contended in astronomy-themed competitions with focus on topics such as stellar evolution and extra-solar planet formation.

3/11/2015 Professor Caty Pilachowski, the Daniel Kirkwood Chair, has been recognized as one of the leaders on campus that have helped shape the future of IU Bloomington. Her story is available here.

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3/10/2015 Current graduate student Steven Janowiecki published a paper titled "(Almost) Dark HI Sources in the ALFALFA Survey: The Intriguing Case of HI1232+20" in the Astrophysical Journal.

3/4/2015 Current graduate student Maria Tiongco presented a poster on "Lifetimes and Kinematics of Rotating Star Clusters" at the international conference 'Modeling and Observing Dense Stellar Systems' held in Concepcion Chile.

3/1/2015 Congratulations to current graduate student Emily Richards for earning a Dissertation Year Fellowship from the College of Arts and Sciences! Dissertation Year Fellowships are intended to assist advanced graduate students to make significant progress on their dissertations, since they will have the opportunity to focus full-time on their dissertation research and writing.

2/23/2015 Current graduate student Alec Hirschauer's dissertation research is highlighted by NOAO in their March 2015 newsletter. [Read more]

2/1/2015 Recent graduate student Maria Cordero published a paper titled "Light-element Abundances of Giant Stars in the Globular Cluster M71 (NGC 6838)" in the Astrophysical Journal.

2/1/2015 Recent graduate student Nathalie Haurberg published a paper titled "Oxygen Abundance Measurements of SHIELD Galaxies" in the Astrophysical Journal.

1/24/2015 Current graduate student Jamie Overbeek published her first paper titled "NGC 7789: an Open Cluster Case Study" in the Astronomical Journal.

1/8/2015 IU Astronomy is well represented at the 225th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle, WA. Angela Van Sistine presented her 15 minute dissertation talk on "The ALFALFA Halpha Survey" on Monday and Jessica Windschitl Dowell presented her dissertation talk on "Photometric and Kinematic Studies of Extragalactic Globular Cluster Systems" on Tuesday. Five current graduate students and three current undergraduate students are presenting posters on their research. In addition, five recent graduate students, seven recent undergraduate students, and two current undergraduate students are in attendance.

12/7/2014 Today's 2nd Annual F. K. Edmondson Astronomy Public Lecture will be given by Martha P. Haynes on the topic "Not all Galaxies are the Same: What a Galaxy's Appearance Tells Us about its Life History." Martha Haynes is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University. Recognized internationally for her research on the structure of the universe and galaxy evolution, Martha Haynes is also an IU graduate. For her research, she uses observational data from a variety of telescopes and instruments, including both imaging and spectroscopic data from the optical, infrared, and radio regions of the electromagentic spectrum. [Read More]

11/1/2014 Recent graduate student Jonathan Hargis published a paper titled "Globular Cluster Systems and Their Host Galaxies: Comparison of Spatial Distributions and Colors" in the Astrophysical Journal.

10/25/2014 Visitors to the IU Science Fest today were able to make comets, pocket solar systems, and play with an infrared camera in the Hands-on Astronomy room. Astronomy was also well represented at the 1st Annual IU Science Slam, which was won by Associate Professor Liese van Zee. Tours of the historic Kirkwood Observatory and a campus-wide solar-system walk encouraged visitors to enjoy the excellent fall weather and the beautiful campus. [Read More]

10/1/2014 Current graduate student Steven Janowiecki published a paper titled "The Unique Structural Parameters of the Underlying Host Galaxies in Blue Compact Dwarfs" in the Astrophysical Journal.

8/1/2014 Catherine Pilachowski and Scott Michael received an NSF award "Collaborative Research: A Panchomatic Imaging Survey of the Galactic Bulge" in collaboration with researchers at UCLA, the University of Michigan/Dearborn, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The award supports investigations into the origin and history of star formation in the Galactic bulge using the Dark Energy Camera on the Blanco 4m telescope at the Cerro Tololo observatory in Chile. Indiana University is supporting the data pipeline, archiving, and distribution.

7/10/2014 Recent graduate student and current postdoctoral scholar Kate Barnes published a paper titled "New Insights on the Formation and Assembly of M83 from Deep Near-Infrared Imaging" in the Astrophysical Journal.

6/6/2014 Congratulations to current graduate student Emily Richards for earning a Graduate Fellowship from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium!

6/1/14 Current graduate student Jessica Dowell published a paper titled "Beyond the Brim of the Hat: Kinematics of Globular Clusters out to Large Radii in the Sombrero Galaxy" in the Astronomical Journal.

4/30/2014 Congratulations to Angela Van Sistine for being awarded a McCormick Science Grant. The grant of $2,500 is intended to provide support for her while conducting research in collaboration with Professor John Salzer. Charles O. McCormick III, M.D., established the McCormick Science Grant Fund to honor his father and grandfather and to support basic science research. In creating the fund Dr. McCormick asked the College to identify the graduate student member of a faculty/graduate student team whose research is judged most creative, visionary, and innovative.

4/10/2014 Current graduate student Cameron Pace published a paper titled "Satellites of Radio AGN in SDSS: Insights into AGN Triggering and Feedback" in the Astrophysical Journal.

4/7/2014 Congratulations to current undergraduate student Christian Hayes for earning a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship! [Read More]

4/1/2014 Current undergraduate student Christian Hayes published his first paper titled "Radial Velocities of Three Poorly Studied Clusters and the Kinematics of Open Clusters" in the Astronomical Journal.

3/15/2014 Congratulations to current graduate student Steven Janowiecki for earning a Dissertation Year Fellowship from the College of Arts and Sciences! Dissertation Year Fellowships are intended to assist advanced graduate students to make significant progress on their dissertations, since they will have the opportunity to focus full-time on their dissertation research and writing.

1/1/2014 Current graduate student Maria Cordero published a paper titled "Detailed Abundances for a Large Sample of Giant Stars in the Globular Cluster 47 Tucanae (NGC 104)" in the Astrophysical Journal.

12/1/2013 Current graduate student Kristie Nault published a paper titled "The Abundance of Flourine in the Hyades, NGC 752, and M67" in the Astronomical Journal.

12/1/2013 Recent graduate student Ryan Maderak published a paper titled "WIYN Open Cluster Study. LVII. Oxygen Abundances of Solar-type Dwarfs in the Hyades and NGC 752" in the Astronomical Journal.

10/26/2013 Over 1200 people visited campus today to participate in science open houses in Physics, Astronomy, Geology, Mathematics, and Chemistry. Highlights included building your own comet in the Hands-on Astronomy room and tours of the historic Kirkwood Observatory. [Read More]

10/14/2013 Today's inaugural F. K. Edmondson Astronomy Public Lecture will be given by David Morrison on the topic "What would happen if a large asteroid collided with the Earth?" David Morrison is a senior scientist at NASA Ames and is largely considered one of the founders of the field of astrobiology. The Edmondson Lecture Series has been established to honor the memory of Professor Frank Kelly Edmondson, a faculty member of the Deparment of Astronomy from 1937 until his retirement in 1983. Professor Edmondson was Chair of the department from 1944 until 1978 and is remembered not only for his contributions to the study of asteroids but also for his dedication and service to IU and the astronomical community. [Read More]

9/20/2013 Recent graduate students Kate Barnes and Jayce Dowell published a paper titled "The Effects of Episodic Star Formation on the FUV-NUV Colors of Star Forming Regions in Outer Disks" in the Astrophysical Journal.

9/1/13 Recent graduate student Tad Baptista published a paper titled "Radiation Hardness Studies of InGaAs and Si Photodiodes at 30, 52, & 98 MeV and Fluences to 5 x 1011 Protons/cm2" in the Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation.

8/1/2013 Professor Pilachowski received a 5-year S-STEM award from the National Science Foundation: "Building Community in Science and Mathematics." The award both provides scholarship funds for majors in astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics, and facilitates the development of new programs in departments to engage students in their disciplines and to provide them with information and preparation for careers in STEM fields. [Read More]

6/6/2013 Congratulations to the numerous Chamblis Student Award winners from IU! Current graduate students Jessica Windschitl, Angela Van Sistine, and Emily Richards and current undergraduate student Christian Hayes were honored for their poster presentations at the 222nd AAS Meeting in Indianapolis, IN. Current graduate students Zachary Catlin and Nathalie Haurberg and current undergraduate Daniel Wavle were recognized as honorable mentions for their poster presentations as well. [Read More about IU astronomers and their significant presence at the 222nd meeting of the AAS]

5/1/2013 Congratulations to current graduate students Angie Van Sistine and Alec Hirschauer for earning graduate fellowships from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium!

4/15/2013 Congratulations to current graduate student Jonathan Hargis for earning a Dissertation Year Fellowship from the College of Arts and Sciences! Dissertation Year Fellowships are intended to assist advanced graduate students to make significant progress on their dissertations, since they will have the opportunity to focus full-time on their dissertation research and writing.

4/7/2013 Congratulations to current graduate student Owen Boberg for earning a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship!

3/1/2013 Current graduate student Nathalie Haurberg published a paper titled "Metal Abundances of 12 Dwarf Irregulars from the ADBS Survey" in the Astrophysical Journal.