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ASTRONOMY DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE
Please join us at the campus observatory at 7:00pm on Friday, January 10 for a guided tour of the night sky. Professor Bernie McNamara will present a short astronomical talk, aided by graduate students Meredith Rawls, Teresa Ross, and Carlos Vargas. Objects to be observed include the Moon, the planets Venus and Saturn, the Andromeda galaxy, star clusters and many more! Children are particularly welcome!
THREE CHEERS FOR OUR FINANCIAL WIZARD
Our hats go off to Lorenza Sanchez, astronomy's associate accountant and financial wixard, who recently received one of three new Arts & Sciences staff awards for professional development. Brava, Lorenza!
RECENT ASTRONOMY GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS
Congratulations to graduate students Teresa Ross, winner of the 2013 Pegasus Award for excellence in teaching, and to Nikki Nielsen, who was recently awarded the 2013 Zia Award for excellence in research. Joining them are the 2013 winner of the Murrell Award for outstanding research or professional development, Maria Patterson, and Kenza Arraki, winner of the 2013 Rappaport Award for outstanding public service.
We also congratulate recent PhD Chas Miller for receiving a 2013 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Award, and senior student Sebastian Trujillo-Gomez for his 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Graduate School.
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS
Three cheers for newly minted PhD Adam McKay, who defended his thesis on The Volatile Composition of Comets as Inferred from Gas Production on October 25, 2013!
Dr. Malynda Chizek defended her out-of-this-world PhD defense on July 12, 2013, focusing on Data and Model Investigation of Martian Methane and Other Trace Gases. Job well done!
Our best wishes go out to Dr. Maria Patterson, who defended her PhD work on Properties of Star Formation and the Interstellar Medium in Galaxy Outskirts on April 5, 2013. Three cheers for Maria!
Give an abundant hurrah for Dr. Ryan Hamilton, whose PhD work on Constraining Photospheric Abundances of Donor Stars in Cataclysmic Variables came to fruition on April 4, 2013. Well done, Ryan!
Let's hear it for Dr. Michael Kirk, who defended his PhD thesis on The Anatomy of Chromospheric Flares and Associated Ephemeral Brightenings on February 15, 2013. Bravo, Michael!
Four cheers (one per satellite) for Dr. Chas Miller, for his PhD thesis work on Methods for Constraining Surface Properties and Volatile Migration on Phoebe, Triton, Pluto, and the Moon, presented on February 22, 2013.