Recent Astronomy and Astrophysics News
- December 10, 2013
UCSC leads international collaboration to compare computer simulations of galaxy formation and evolution
- October 31, 2013
A summer internship program for high school students has consistently produced successful entries in nationwide science competitions.
- October 17, 2013
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has awarded a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering to astrophysicist Charlie Conroy.
- October 17, 2013
Discovery of the most distant gravitational lens allows direct measurement of the mass of a distant galaxy, but also poses a mystery
- October 16, 2013
Groovy couches, big brains, and great camaraderie abound in Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz's supercomputer lab for undergrads
Visiting the supercomputer lab for undergraduates (SLUG) is a little like being transported onto the set of the Big Bang Theory.
- October 15, 2013
Several UCSC astronomers feature prominently in a new book about the search for habitable planets beyond our solar system.
- October 02, 2013
Astronomers have detected cold streams of primordial hydrogen gas left over from the big bang fueling a distant star-forming galaxy.
- September 30, 2013
Astronomers have created the first cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system, a sizzling, Jupiter-like world known as Kepler-7b.
- August 06, 2013
The Royal Astronomical Society has awarded astronomer Sandra Faber an Honorary Fellowship of the RAS.
- July 31, 2013
State-of-the-art computer systems have been instrumental in making UCSC one of the world's leading centers for computational astrophysics and planetary science.
- July 29, 2013
The scientific authorities of the Thiry Meter Telescope partners have signed a master agreement defining the project goals and establishing a governance structure.
- July 3, 2013
The awards honor UCSC instructors who have demonstrated exemplary and inspiring teaching. Nominations are submitted by students. The senate committee also reads a statement on teaching written by the nominee, as well as a letter from the department chair. The committee looks for evidence that the nominee has thought deeply about teaching and learning, and effectively applies that thinking in the classroom.
- June 25, 2013
A new study reveals a record-breaking three super-Earths orbiting in the "habitable zone" of a nearby star.
- June 21, 2013
Eesha Khare, a student at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, won a $50,000 science fair prize for work carried out in Yat Li's chemistry lab.
- June 3, 2013
Lick Observatory and its 125th anniversary recently featured in the San Jose Mercury.
- May 31, 2013
U.S. Congressman Sam Farr paid a surprise visit to the May 29 meeting of UCSC's Academic Senate in order to pay tribute to astronomer Sandra Faber.
- April 29, 2013
The astrophysics program is reaching out to community college students through a new summer internship program.
- April 18, 2013
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the Congressional Science Fellowship to Mark Mozena, graduate student of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz.
- April 18, 2013
Five UC Santa Cruz graduate students with the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics have been awarded NSF fellowships this year. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers.
- February 21, 2013
For the first time, astronomers have measured the sideways motions of stars in the outer halo of the Milky Way, yielding clues to our galaxy's remote past.