Professor David Merritt has been selected as a plenary speaker at the "Chandrasekhar Centenary Conference", to be held 7-11 December 2010 in Bangalore, India. The conference celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of S. Chandrasekhar, Nobel-prize-winning astrophysicist. The title of Professor Merritt's lecture will be "Relativistic Stellar Dynamics". http://www.iiap.res.in/meet/chandra/
Rudy Montez, first COS Astrophysical Sciences and Technology Ph.D. student, is the recipient of one of the ten inaugural Rodger 'Doxsey' awards for the 'best Ph.D. dissertations' being presented to the American Astronomical Society meeting. The recipients were selected from among 103 Ph.D. dissertations and Rudy's thesis work was rated among the top 10% dissertations. His advisor is Dr. Joel Kastner.