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University of Arizona Announces Large Gift to Giant Magellan Telescope

On Dec. 15,  President Hart announced a $20 million gift from Astronomy Board Member Richard Caris. This generous contribution will help fund Steward and the Department of Astronomy’s contribution to the Giant Magellan Telescope project and secure the next generation of astronomical research excellence at the University of Arizona. This is a landmark gift from Richard, who has supported UA Astronomy for many years – his philanthropy has been significant for the Mirror Lab, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, and faculty research. More information will be added here in the next few days, including press releases. The Arizona Daily Star artcle can be found HERE. The UA press release can be found HERE. The GMTO press release can he found HERE. At this moment (Dec 27 and before) it's one of the four featured articles at

Photo: Left: Roger Angel and Richard Caris (Credit: Sid Leach). Right: GMT artist's conception (Credit: Carnegie Institution for Science).

Arizona Daily Star article about Evan Schneider's research

Tom Beal of the Arizona Daily Star has published an article talking about Evan Schneider's research and research colloquium. Hit "go" for article.

Follow the Exploits of Craig Kulesa and David Lesser at Ridge A in Antarctica

A grad student at the University of New South Wales is part of a group working on the HEAT telescope in Antarctica. He's providing a blog for you to follow along as Craig Kulesa and David Lesser work on the telescope. The HEAT telescope is a collaboration of UA and UNSW, with principals Craig Kulesa and USNW's Dr. Michael Ashley.

Don McCarthy receives University Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award

We are very pleased to let you know that Don McCarthy has been selected this year for the University Distinguished Outreach Faculty award, the highest University honor in this area so central to our land-grant mission. On December 10 at the 17th Annual "Regent's Professor, University Distinguished Professors, University Distinguished Outreach Faculty" Induction Ceremony, the University will recognize Don and present him with a silver medallion. From the date of the ceremony onward, Don will hold the title of University Distinguished Outreach Professor, University of Arizona, in addition to his current title of Astronomer.

Congratulations Don

Steward Grad Student Evan Schneider wins TAP Program Prize

Steward Graduate student Evan Schneider has won the 2014 University of Arizona Theoretical Astrophysics Program Student Research prize. TAP chair Renu Malhotra's announcement follows:


"It is my pleasure to write you that the evaluation committee has selected Evan Schneider, graduate student in Astronomy, for the TAP Graduate Student Research prize this year, for her paper, "Cholla : A New Massively-Parallel Hydrodynamics Code for Astrophysical Simulation" ( Congratulations, Evan!

The prize will be presented on Monday, December 8 at the usual 4pm TAP colloquium time, in room 312 in LPL, at which time Evan will also give us a talk about her work.

Thanks are due the evaluators, Randy Jokipii, Shufang Su, and Andrew Youdin, who wrote me that all the nominations were "excellent and deserving". Thanks also to the nominated students and their advisors for tackling interesting and challenging problems and writing excellent papers. All the nominated papers will shortly be posted on the TAP webpage."

Photo from Tucson Women in Astronomy website

How does a dense galaxy cluster affect star formation in its galaxies?

Former Steward Grad Student Suresh Sivanandam and Regents' Professors George Rieke and Marcia Rieke have obtained evidence for stripped molecular gas in galaxy clusters. These observations solve a long-standing mystery of why star formation is relatively low in galaxies in galaxy clusters. The UA News press release can be found HERE.


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