The Astronomy Department congratulates our graduate students and faculty named to the "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent" by the Center for Teaching Excellence for Fall 2015: Ms. Susmita Adhikari, Mr. Di Wen, and Profs. Bryan Dunne, Brian Fields, and Athol Kemball.
Yue Shen, an assistant professor of astronomy and a faculty affiliate at NCSA has been named a Sloan Research Fellow for 2016. Yue is an observational astronomer who has built a broad and prolific research program featuring observational and theoretical studies of supermassive black holes.
NASA announced the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope mission has passed the final stage of review and will launch as a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope in the 2020s. University of Illinois astronomy professor Ryan Foley is heading up one of the science investigation teams for WFIRST.
After years of preparatory studies, NASA is formally starting an astrophysics mission designed to help unlock the secrets of the universe -- the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).
The Astronomy Department will host the first "Astronomy on Tap," a monthly informal discussion about some of the biggest questions in the Universe, on Thursday, Feb 18, 6-7 pm in the back room of Pizza M at 208 W. Main St. in Urbana. Future sessions will be held the third Thursday of each month.