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October 2014
David Principe RIT PhD graduate has won a prestegious FONDECYT fellowship in Chile for his research on young stars & their planet-forming disks. Details about the fellowship
Summer 2014
David Principe RIT Graduate
Dissertation:Multiwavelength Studies of Young Stars and Their Circumstellar Disks 
July 27,2014
RIT AST graduate student Valerie Rapson recently published an article in Communicating Astronomy with the Public Journal (CAPjournal), a peer-reviewed astronomy outreach journal, titled “Reaching for the Stars in your Golden Years: The Importance of Outreach for Senior Citizens”.  The article is featured on the cover of the latest issue, and discusses the work she does in her spare time sharing astronomy with local senior citizens. You can find it here:  (full article on page 18).
July 10, 2014
Diving for pearls with the Hubble Space Telescope

Scientists from Rochester Institute of Technology helped analyze data from the Hubble Space Telescope showing elliptical galaxies coalescing at the core of a dense galaxy cluster. The study is part of a program sponsored by the Hubble Space Telescope—an international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency—to look inside 23 massive clusters first catalogued in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

June 24, 2014
Inaugural RIT AST PhD recipient Rudy Montez is one of the invited speakers at the "15 Years of Science with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory" symposium, to be held Nov 18-21 in Boston, MA. Rudy has been invited to present results from the Chandra Survey of Planetary Nebulae -- a "multi-cycle" Chandra Large Program involving about two dozen astronomers worldwide, on which RIT AST faculty Joel Kastner and Rudy Montez are co-PIs.
June 21, 2014

A team led by Isabel Aleman (Leiden Observatory) that includes CIS/SoPA/AST Professor Joel Kastner and erstwhile AST PhD student (now Vanderbilt U postdoc) Rudy Montez has discovered the molecule OH+ in certain dusty shells ejected by dying, Sun-like stars (so-called "planetary nebulae"). The discovery, made with the Herschel Space Observatory, demonstrates how intense high-energy radiation from the newly exposed, white-hot stellar core at the center of a planetary nebula can alter the chemistry of the gas that the expiring star is injecting into interstellar space. The detection of OH+ is especially interesting, because the presence of this molecular ion is considered an important ingredient in chemical reactions leading to the production of water.

ESA Featured article:

April 2014
AST PhD graduate Grant Tremblay has been selected for one of the 12 Einstein Fellowships awarded in 2014. These are highly prestigious and very competitive fellowships. Grant has been pursuing his research and continuing his collaborations with his advisors  Christopher O'Dea and Stefi Baum at the headquarters of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching, Germany, where he holds an ESO Fellowship.
Grant will take his Fellowship (which provides funding for 3 years) at Yale University working on the project "Star Formation amid Kinetic Black Hole Feedback - The unified power of Chandra and ALMA" 
The list of 2014 Einstein Fellows is available here:
April 28,2014
Astrophysical Sciences & Technology Ph.D. Dissertation Defense: David Principe
Monday, April 28, 2014 at 3:00pm Golisano Hall, 70-1400
RIT Graduate Education Week April 14th - 18th, 2014 
The latest Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards competition, which occurred at the 223rd AAS meeting in Washington, DC, earlier this month, was a record-setting event. Nearly 450 student poster authors entered the competition, of which two-thirds were undergraduates, and there were approximately 250 judges. Two RIT students were honored for their posters. Valerie Rapson won an honorable mention and Kevin Cooke won top honors. 
Graduate Student Chambliss Medal Winner: Kevin Cooke
Honorable Mention Winner: Valerie Rapson
January 27, 2014
Professor David Merritt was named this year’s Boris Garfinkel Lecturer at Yale University and recently presented a set of lectures on astrophysics.
January 8, 2014
Valerie Rapson teaches astronomy in summer classes at the University of Rochester. She conducts research on star and planet formation, and hopes to become an assistant professor or work for NASA in education and outreach.
December 16, 2013
2013-14 NYSG/AST Graduate Student Fellowships awarded to Dennis Bowen, Ian Ruchlin and Dmitry Vorobiev
The Fellowship is partly funded by a grant from the New York Space Grant Consortium, administered by Cornell University. 
December 12, 2013
Manuela Campanelli among leading scientists at event
Rochester Institute of Technology was represented at a symposium celebrating 50 years of relativistic astrophysics and research exploring quasars, black holes, exploding stars and colliding galaxies using Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.  Manuela Campanelli, director of RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, spoke at the 27th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics, held at the University of Texas at Dallas Dec. 8–13. She joined other leading scientists in the field, including Noble prizewinners Joseph Taylor, from Princeton University, and Steven Weinberg, from the University of Texas at Austin.
November 20, 2013
Valerie Rapson is also elected president of Astronomy Section of Rochester Academy of Science
Rochester Institute of Technology graduate student Valerie Rapson was invited to join the American Astronomical Society Astronomy Ambassador program.
The Astronomy Ambassadors program cultivates a select group of early career astronomers like Rapson, providing them with professional development, mentoring and outreach training. The society looks to its ambassadors to promote a broad interest in astronomy to the public and inspire young people to pursue science and engineering careers
November 21, 2013
Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation simulates gravitational waves
Manuela Campanelli and Carlos Lousto—fellows of the American Physical Society and founding members of RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation—and Yosef Zlochower are known for one of the first simulations to merge two black holes on a supercomputer. Their method solved the 10 interrelated equations for strong field gravity that comprise Albert Einstein’s famous theory of general relativity, connecting matter, space and time.
September 26, 2013
Princeton University Press publishes Dr. David Merritt’s text Dynamics and Evolution of Galactic Nuclei for researchers and students
July 14 - July 19, 2013
Probes of Dark Matter on Galaxy Scales presented by AST Faculty
At the inaugural American Astronomical Society Topical Conference Series meeting, RIT professor Sukanya Chakrabarti brought together a multi-disciplinary group of international researchers to discuss the latest techniques and results on the hunt for dark matter -- the invisible matter that makes up most of the universe.
The basic physical principles are the same whether you are talking about turbulence as applied to aircraft, if you’re studying planes going through turbulent flows on earth; or whether you’re looking at Jupiter’s Great Red Spot; or whether you’re looking at gas flows on even larger scales—galaxies,” Chakrabarti says. Chakrabarti appeared on the Weather Channel Series "Deadliest Space Weather" earlier this year where she talked about weather patterns on other planets.  “That’s the really exciting thing about astrophysics. You can use the same physical principles to understand a very wide range of phenomena from the earth to the solar system to galaxies.”
Archive News Items

March 18, 2013: RIT Astrophysics Students Explore the Solar System at the Harley School

Feb. 15, 2013: RIT scientists comment on meteor explosion

Jan. 9, 2013: NASA awards RIT $1.1 million to develop infrared detectors for space missions

Dec 10, 2012: Supermassive Black Hole Powers 'Beautiful' Jets in 'Hercules A' Galaxy

Nov 12, 2012: AST Student Wins Time with Two NASA Observatories

Oct 10, 2012: X-ray Imaging Survey of Dying Stars is `Uncharted Territory'

Sept 17, 2012: CCRG and NTID collaborate on astrophysics inspired dance piece

July 26, 2012: RIT Leads Development of Next-generation Infrared Detectors

July 3, 2012: A Young Star Flaunts its X-ray Spots in McNeil's Nebula

Nov 21, 2011: First grads get feet wet as scientists

Nov 10, 2011: Student wins prestigious NASA fellowship; spends fall at Goddard Space Flight Center

Nov 2, 2011: Mysterious Absorption Lines Could Illuminate 90-year Puzzle

Sept 2011: RIT's New "Star" Researcher

Sept 7, 2011: Carving out a science career one post-doctoral fellowship at a time

May 20, 2011: First Two AST PhD's "hooded"

Apr 26, 2011: RIT Astrophysicist Wins Prestigious Fellowship

Nov 29, 2010: First PhD in Astrophysical Sciences & Technology wins award

Nov 17, 2010: Pushing Black-Hole Mergers to the Extreme

    (see also 'David and Goliath' Black Hole Clashes Analyzed)

Nov 15, 2010: Scientists Use Light Signatures to Track Merging Supermassive Black Holes

    (see also Black Holes Merge With a Flash of Light)

Sep 15, 2010: RIT astronomers discover cannibal star

July 26, 2010: AST students win best presentation awards at 2010 Graduate Research Symposium

July 22, 2010: RIT professor develops planet-hunting technology for NASA

May 25, 2010: Hubble Research Reveals "Wandering" Black Hole

May 1, 2010: New Wave Astronomy YouTube video

Jan 27, 2010: A Massive Star is Born: RIT astronomer peers into stellar nursery

Dec 8, 2009: RIT Astronomer Mines Spitzer Space Telescope Data for Massive Starbursts

Dec 3, 2009: RIT Professor Recognized by the American Physical Society

Oct 19, 2009: RIT Scientists Use Supercomputers to 'See' Black Holes

Oct 8, 2009: Youtube Video of RIDL on The History Channel (part 2) (part 3) (part 4)

Aug 27, 2009: RIDL Student Kim Kolb Awarded Prestigious BAE Fellowship

Aug 20, 2009: RIT Contributes to Research Probing Gravitational Echoes after the Big Bang