NMSU Astronomy to lead efforts to reinvent the Dunn Solar Telescope.

  http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=2428 U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced that New Mexico State University (NMSU) will receive $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to upgrade the Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope in Sunspot, N.M. The NSF award – appropriately announced on the fall equinox – will support…
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Major NASA press release on observation of a current sheet

NASA announce series of breakthrough observation of a current sheet in a solar flare. http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/seeing-double-nasa-missions-measure-solar-flare-from-2-spots-in-space Published in Zhu et al, ApJ, 2016, 821, 2 http://www.astronomy.com/news/2016/04/nasa-missions-measure-solar-flare-from-2-spots-in-space http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/irish-scientist-may-have-found-way-of-predicting-solar-flares-1.2616364 https://www.google.com/search?q=Seeing+Double%3A+NASA+Missions+Measure+Solar+Flare+from+2+Spots+in+Space&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 Solar flares are intense bursts of light from the sun. They are created when complicated magnetic fields suddenly and explosively rearrange themselves, converting magnetic energy into light through…
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Finlator et al. explores cosmic reionization

What created the light that flowed between galaxies when the Universe was only a billion years old? Measuring it is akin to taking the young Universe’s pulse, and working out where it came from is akin to guessing the Universe’s diet. The light could have come from hot, massive stars within young galaxies.  Alternatively, it…
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Astronomy Department Students Excel in 3-Minute Thesis Competition

The NMSU Astronomy Department is no stranger to doing well in NMSU’s annual 3-Minute Thesis competition, and this year was no different. The competition challenges students to compress a research project into a short 3-minute presentation. It tests their ability to concisely and effectively communicate complex ideas to a general audience. This year, astronomy graduate…
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Astronomy Students Receive Space Grant Awards

The New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) has awarded a total of $30,000 in research fellowships to three New Mexico State University College of Arts and Sciences students for the 2016 calendar year. Award recipients include Ethan Dederick, Sten Hasselquist and Lauren Kahre, all doctoral candidates in the Department of Astronomy. “Our job here at…
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Unconscious Bias

Astronomers know all about bias. We learn to anticipate and correct for biased samples and surveys early in our careers. For instance, when we started finding exoplanets, most of them were Hot Jupiters. Did we conclude that all exoplanets are actually Hot Jupiters? Of course not. In much the same way, individuals have biases, and…
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Inclusive Astronomy Achievements

Recently, we have been reading over the Nashville Recommendations and are exploring ways we can implement these recommendations in our department.   Department Presentations On March 9, 2015 our group gave a Pizza Lunch presentation to the department describing the status of underrepresented groups in astronomy, and all STEM fields, and detailed some of the issues working against…
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Confidence

Our group spent several meetings discussing confidence and Katty Kay and Claire Shipman’s article in The Atlantic titled “The Confidence Gap”. You may ask, if I am smart and good at my job, why does my confidence matter? “Confidence is the stuff that turns thoughts into action” Richard Petty, Ohio State University [1] Confidence is…
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