School of Physics and Astronomy
October 3, 2022
RIT Observatory hosting open house for the Rochester community
RIT is inviting the community to a guided look at the moons of Jupiter, rings of Saturn, and craters on the moon. The RIT Observatory will host an open house from 9 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, that is free and open to the public.
October 3, 2022
RIT to launch new physics Ph.D. program in fall 2024
RIT will begin offering a new Ph.D. in the fall of 2024 that is designed to prepare graduates to extend the frontiers of fundamental scientific knowledge and develop new advances in technologies at the forefronts of 21st century physics.
September 27, 2022
RIT Faculty Fellows share their playbook for effective teaching
RIT faculty are a resource not just for students, but for their colleagues as well. Now, a fellowship program will share their expertise through peer mentorship, training, and program development. The Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellows Program launched this fall with eight fellowships.
September 16, 2022
NIH funds new RIT-led study to explore how living cells regulate the growth of organelles
Lishibanya Mohapatra, an assistant professor at RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy, hopes that a better understanding of how living cells maintain the size of their organelles can lead to therapies for neurodegenerative diseases. She earned a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how cells control the size of organelles.
September 14, 2022
JWST’s First Glimpses of Early Galaxies Could Break Cosmology
Scientific American talks to Jeyhan Kartaltepe, associate professor in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy, about what information scientists are learning from the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope.
August 31, 2022
Four revelations from the Webb telescope about distant galaxies
Nature talks to Jeyhan Kartaltepe, associate professor in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy, about the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope.
August 29, 2022
RIT scientists to study molecular makeup of planetary nebulae using radio telescopes
By using radio telescopes to study sun-like stars in their death throes, scientists hope to reveal important information about the origin of life-enabling chemicals in the universe. The NSF is awarding a $339,362 grant to a team led by Professor Joel Kastner to conduct such a study.
August 26, 2022
Webb telescope is already challenging what astronomers thought they knew
The Washington Post talks to Jeyhan Kartaltepe, associate professor in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy, about the influx of data from the James Webb Space Telescope.
August 7, 2022
Looking back on some of the universe’s oldest galaxies with James Webb
Digital Trends discusses early data from the Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science Survey (CEERS), a project RIT Associate Professor Jeyhan Kartaltepe is co-investigator for.
August 5, 2022
RIT student Lazar Buntic awarded NASA FINESST graduate student fellowship
RIT student Lazar Buntic received a earned a graduate research fellowship through the Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology program to develop infrared detectors for next generation telescopes.
August 4, 2022
RIT astrophysicists collaborate on JWST survey yielding wide view of the early universe
New images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope show what may be among the earliest galaxies ever observed. The images were taken from the Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science Survey (CEERS), led by a scientist at The University of Texas at Austin. Jeyhan Kartaltepe, an associate professor from RIT, is one of 18 co-investigators from 12 institutions along with more than 100 collaborators from the U.S. and nine other countries.
July 18, 2022