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AST Graduate Students perform well at graduate symposium

April 8, 2016

Graduate Research Symposium offers students a chance to share their findings 

AST graduate students presented 12 talks at the RIT Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium.  AST Students: Jake Lange, Brennan Ireland, Harry Zhang and Alexander Rasskazov  participated in the panel discussion on Gravitational Waves. 

Zach Silberman won the best oral presentation award
Andrew Lipnicky was the runner up for the oral presentation award
Kevin Cooke won the honorable mention



RIT AST Graduate Students & Faculty among group whose work confirms Einstein’s theories November 2015

Feb. 11, 2016
Detection by international LIGO Collaborative opens new window on the universe with detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes 

RIT CCRG researchers who contributed to this amazing discovery include AST Students: Jam Sadiq, Brennan Ireland, Yuanhao (Harry) Zhang, Dennis Bowen, Jake Lange, & Zachary Silberman and AST Faculty: John Whelan, Jason Nordhaus, Carlos Lousto, Manuela Campanelli, Johsua Faber, & Yosef Zlochower.  Also including Physics Undergradute student Monica Rizzo. 


AST Faculty & Student participate in Evan Dawson's Monthly Science Roundtable

Feb. 1, 2016

RIT's Senior Lecturer Brian Koberlein, Professor Michael Richmond, and Ph.D. student Kevin Cooke join radio host Evan Dawson's Monthly Science Roundtable for adiscussion about a possible Planet Nine beyond the orbit of Pluto. The evidence for the claim as well as possible problems with the evidence are examined as they take questions from the audience about the claim and planetary science.

AST Faculty Andy Robinson and AST Phd Students presented at Torus 2015 Workshop

September 14, 2015

Dr. Andy Robinson, recent AST graduate Dr. Davide Lena and current AST Ph.D. student Triana Almeyda presented results from several research projects at the Torus 2015 Workshop, hosted by the University of Southhampton in Winchester, UK, September 14 - 17. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss recent progress in understanding the so-called "dusty molecular torus", that surrounds the central supermassive back holes in active galactic nuclei. Triana was selected to give an oral presentation on her work developing computer simulations of the time-dependent response of the infrared dust emission from the torus to variations in the AGN luminosity. Dr. Robinson’s team also presented posters based on three recent publications, led by Dr. Lena (, AST Ph.D. student Billy Vazquez ( and former post-doc Dr. Dinalva Sales (