Astronomy Program News
Ceremony Honors First Undergraduates to Receive Bachelor of Science in Astronomy
7 May 2004
Austin, TX --Graduates honored May 6, at a Department of Astronomy graduation ceremony, included the first undergraduates to receive the new
Bachelor of Science in Astronomy. Chairman Don Winget, Advisor Karl Gebhardt, Undergraduate Studies Chairman
Greg Shields and Student Coordinator Stephanie Crouch praised an exceptional class, and thanked Rebecca Christian, whose efforts helped
establish the program..
Professor Ken Freeman to Deliver 2004 Antoinette de Vaucouleurs Memorial
21 January 2004
Austin, TX --The eleventh award of the Antoinette de Vaucouleurs Memorial Lectureship and Medal, which recognizes a lifetime of outstanding
dedication to astronomy, honors the distinguished Australian astrophysicist Professor Ken Freeman of The Australian National University
Facing the Future, A Festival for Frank - October 17-18, 2003
8 October 2003
Symposium in honor of retired Observatory Director Frank Bash...
New Method Discovered for Estimating Distances to
27 May 2003
Nashville, TN --Astronomers using the Fine Guidance Sensors of the Hubble Space Telescope to study dwarf novae
unexpectedly discovered a new method of estimating the distances to these strange double-star systems...
Prediction and Confirmation of 'Magnetars' Wins UT
Scientist and Colleagues Rossi Prize
17 February 2003
Austin, TX --The 2003 Rossi Prize of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical
Society is awarded to Robert Duncan and Christopher Thompson for their prediction, and to Chryssa
Kouveliotou for her observational confirmation, of the existence of magnetars...
Gamma Ray Burst Astronomy Opens New Chapter at McDonald
3 February 2003
Austin, TX --The second of four planned telescopes for the Robotic Optical Transient Search
Experiment (ROTSE IIIb) has seen first light at McDonald Observatory. The equipment is dedicated to
the detection and observation of optical transients...
Professor Frank Shu to Deliver Antoinette de Vaucouleurs Memorial Lecture
24 January 2003
Austin, TX --The tenth award of the Antoinette de Vaucouleurs Memorial Lectureship and Medal honors the
distinguished theoretical astrophysicist, Professor Frank Shu, whose accomplishments include the
theoretical work on protostars often referred to as "the standard model" of star formation...
Chrome Dome Near Completion
16 December 2002
Austin, TX --The HET Enclosure Thermal Control Project, designed to control the flow of heat through the thin skin
of the dome, is near completion. As heat escapes through the dome, cold air falls through the light path, degrading
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