Physics Major and Physics Faculty collaborate with researchers in Kanpur, India
Friday, February 16, 2018 —
Physics major Wyatt Wetzel, along with Associate Professor Mishkat Bhattacharya, visited the group of Prof. A.K. Jha at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India during Dec 24, 2017-Jan 3, 2018 on a collaborative research visit funded by the National Science Foundation. The research topic centered on the physics of light carrying orbital angular momentum and its interaction with mechanical degrees of freedom. The photograph shows Wyatt (L) discussing experiments in the lab of Prof. Jha (R) and his graduate student Girish Kulkarni (C).
AST graduate students win awards at 231st American Astronomical Society meeting
Friday, February 16, 2018 —
Posters presented by AST Ph.D. students Yashashree Jadhav and Chi Nguyen earned them both Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Awards at the 2018 Winter meeting of the AAS in Washington DC, this January. Yashashree and Chi were among only 6 graduate students selected for these awards. They were part of a large RIT contingent at the meeting, including some 15 students, post-docs, faculty and alumni. As well as the award winners, Jesse Bublitz and Annie Dickson-Vandervelde also presented posters, while Kristina Punzi, Kevin Cooke, Jake Lange and recent alumna Dr. Triana Almeyda ('17) all gave talks. In his capacity as the current chair of the AAS Committee on Employment, Dr. Joel Kastner, interim AST Program Director, oversaw a wide range of career and professional development events and workshops, ably assisted by AST alumnus and fellow committee member Dr. Rudy Montez (’10).
AST PhD student's Mysterious "Winking" Star research published and highlighted by NASA
Friday, December 22, 2017 —
Kristina Punzi, AST PhD Student, published a paper concerning a mysterious "winking" star RZ Piscium, that suddenly dims by a factor of 10-20 in brightness. Her paper describes her research team’s new XMM-Newton X-ray and ground-based (Keck and Lick Observatory) optical spectroscopy results that (a) nail down the youth of the star and (b) provide strong evidence that the star's dimming is most likely caused by the intermittently intervening wreckage of one or more giant planet(s) now being "eaten" by the star.
AST had the largest contingent of student presenters at the Astronomical Society of New York's annual meeting
Friday, December 8, 2017 —
On November 10-11, AST students, faculty, and postdocs attended the annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of New York at Union College in Schenectady, NY. Three students (Kevin Cooke, Yashashree Jahdav, and Chi Nguyen) gave talks at the meeting while five students (Victoria Butler, Annie Dickson Vandervelde, Trent Seelig, Meaghann Stoelting, and Brittany Vanderhoof) presented posters. AST had the largest contingent of student presenters at the meeting and all were well-received.
AST Faculty publish research on Merging Binary Black Holes
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 —
Sukanya Chakrabarti and co-author Richard O'Shaughnessy (SMS Faculty) published a paper in Astrophysical Journal Letters https://arxiv.org/abs/1710.09407 on "The Contribution Of Outer HI Disks To The Merging Binary Black Hole Population"
The Astrophysical Sciences and Technology (AST) PhD program had a record number of graduates in 2017
Friday, September 1, 2017 —
The Astrophysical Sciences and Technology program had a record number of PhDs graduating this year including Dmitry Vorobiev (Spring 2017), Andy Lipnicky (Summer 2017), Yuanhao “Harry” Zhang (Summer 2017), Triana Almeyda (Summer 2017), Alexander Rasskazov (Summer 2017), and Dennis Bowen (Fall 2017).