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The Large Binocular Telescope image of Loki Patera (orange), a lava lake on Jupiter's moon Io, laid over a Voyager image of the volcanic depression. The infrared emission (in orange color) appears spread out in the north-south direction due to the telescope point-spread function; it is mainly localized to the southern corners of the lake. Check out this article about how UVA was involved in the capture of such a unique image! Credit: LBTO-NASA

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23 April 2014
Graduate students Sandy Liss, Brian Prager, Kim Sokal, and Jake Turner were each awarded grants from the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

16 April 2014
Professor Trinh Thuan was decreed chevalier of the National Order of the French Legion of Honor by the French President, François Hollande, in recognition of his "exemplary personal commitment to the promotion of scientific culture and the transatlantic collaboration in the field of astrophysics.” For more information check out this UVa Today article or listen to his interview on this radio broadcast.

15 April 2014
Associate Professor Kelsey Johnson was awarded the UVa Distinguished Research Career Development Award by the UVa Vice President for Research. She is one of two newly tenured faculty at UVa to win this award. More information can be found in this UVa Today article.

02 April 2014
Graduate Student Sandy Liss and Undergraduate Student Catherine Zucker were jointly awarded a 2014 Double Hoo Research Grant from UVa. From the Double Hoo website: "The Double Hoo Research Grant supports pairs of undergraduate and graduate scholars seeking to pursue joint research projects. The award is intended to encourage collaborative interaction between the undergraduate and graduate communities at the University."

01 April 2014
Graduate Student Sandy Liss was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

21 March 2014
Associate Professor Ed Murphy has been honored with the UVa Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, one of the most prestigious teaching awards that the University offers.

20 March 2014
Undergraduate student Catherine Zucker is featured in an article showcasing her research on the "rise of American astronomy before the Civil War."

19 March 2014
Graduate students Jake Turner and Trey Wenger were awarded Huskey Scholarships for their presentations at the 2014 Huskey Research Exhibition.

27 February 2014
SDSS-III Project APOGEE-1, led by UVa Professor Steve Majewski, completes observations for 100,000 stars in the Milky Way.

18 February 2014
NASA press release: Assistant Professor Nitya Kallivayalil measures the proper motion rotation of the Large Magellanic Cloud with the Hubble Space Telescope.

6 January 2014
UVA Research Professor and NRAO Staff Astronomer Scott Ransom and collaborators discover a pulsar in a unique triple-star system

6 January 2014
Assistant Professor Rémy Indebetouw and collaborators discover freshly formed dust in supernova 1987A remnant using ALMA

12 December 2013
Professor Steve Majewski, Assistant Professor Rémy Indebetouw, and graduate student Rachael Beaton released Spitzer imaging in the Outer Disk through the Milky Way Project on Zooniverse

November 2013
APOGEE-2, a continuation of the APOGEE project in the southern hemisphere, was approved as an SDSS-IV program. Jenn Sobeck joins the Department as a research associate and Deputy Project Director for APOGEE-2.

1 September 2013
Associate Professor Kelsey Johnson began her term on the Board of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

31 July 2013
The first APOGEE public release of spectroscopic data with SDSS DR10

23 July 2013
Professor Emeritus Charlie Tolbert has received the 2013 Richard H. Emmons Award for excellence in College Astronomy Teaching from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

30 May 2013
Assistant Professor Nitya Kallivayalil awarded 60 orbits on the Hubble Space Telescope to measure the proper motion and internal kinematics of the SMC

28 May 2013
VITA Professor and Associate Dean John Hawley receives the 2013 Shaw Prize in Astronomy for his work with Steve Balbus on angular momentum transfer in accretion disks

1 March 2013
UVa Astronomy Department Outreach Efforts Featured in the College‘s Science Outreach @ UVA Spring 2013 Newsletter

Kelsey Johnson has been awarded an All-University Teaching Award for 2012-13

Graduate Students Joanna Corby, Tim Pennucci, and Loreto Barcos placed first in the Huskey Research Exhibition

Astronomers Identify Stellar Patrons of Milky Way Bar

Trinh Thuan receives 2012 Prix Mondial Cino Del Duca

Concert of "Big Bang" Music April 13th in Richmond

APOGEE Peers Through the Heart of the Milky Way

Robert T. Rood (1942-2011)

Dark Skies Bright Kids held their first Central Virginia Star Party

Roger Chevalier observes SN1987A Supernova Remnant Brightening

Article by Geneviève de Messières on the History of McCormick Observatory in the July 2011 Griffith Observer

Amy Reines has received the Allan Talbott Gwathmey Memorial Award for the second year in a row.

Abel Yang has been awarded a Faculty Senate Dissertation-Year Fellowship

Rachael Beaton has been awarded an All-University Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Graduate Students Amy Reines, Tim Pennucci, and George Trammell received awards in the Graduate Student Huskey Research Exhibition

Reines and collaborators find supermassive black hole in surprising location

Brown Dwarf discovered by NASA’s WISE satellite confirmed from Fan Mountain Observatory

"Dark Skies, Bright Kids" producing an astronomy art book

Graduate Students form Collaboration with Central Virginia Governor’s School

UVa "Dark Skies, Bright Kids" program featured in Podcast

Undergraduate Ian Czekala Featured in UVa Today

"Spectacular Saturn" showing at Science Museum of Virginia.

McCormick Observatory celebrates Quasquicentennial on April 13th

McCormick Observatory sees record snowfall

Tidal Debris allows Determination of Size and Shape of Milky Way Dark Matter Halo

Chevalier and Collaborators Identify Rare Type of Supernova Explosion

Giant Intergalactic Gas Stream Longer Than Previously Believed

REU Summer Research Opportunities at UVa’s Center for Chemistry of the Universe

Undergraduate Ian Czekala Wins Chambliss Award

Aaron Evans builds partnership with Howard University

Barbara Johnson Honored by Equal Opportunity Program

Anne Verbiscer Featured on 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast

"Dark Skies, Bright Kids" astronomy club started in local rural elementary school by Kelsey Johnson

Solar System’s Largest Planetary Ring Discovered by UVa Astronomers Verbiscer and Skrutskie

Trinh Thuan awarded the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science

Greg Sivakoff receives Outstanding Postdoc Award from UVa

Roger Chevalier’s 60th birthday celebrated in a Festival of Cosmic Explosions at Caltech

Anne Verbiscer Guest Blogger on the Planetary Society Blog for week of July 6th

Nicole Gugliucci Featured on 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast

Astronomy Undergraduate Receives Harrison Award to Study ALMA Project

Astronomy Graduate Students Excel At Research Exhibition

UVa joins SDSS-III

Mark Whittle’s Cosmology course available

Film Festival "Aliens" visit McCormick Observatory

Rachael Beaton on Discovery Space

Phil Arras wins FEST award

Triplespec First Light on Apache Point Observatory 3.5-m

Astronomy Graduate Students Excel At Research Exhibition

Large Binocular Telescope achieves First Binocular Light

Phil Arras named 2008 Sloan Fellow

Greg Black images Asteroid 2007 TU24 as it passes Earth

Geneviève de Messières wins Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award

Amy Reines takes second place in NRAO/AUI Image Contest

Graduate students take field trip to UVa facilities and other telescopes of the southwest

Kelsey Johnson awarded Packard Foundation Fellowship

Trinh Thuan awarded the Grand Prix Moron de l’Académie Française

Saturn’s Moon a "Graffiti Artist"

UVa Joins Astrophysical Research Consortium

APOGEE Selected for inclusion in SDSS-III Proposal

New Telescope under construction at Fan Mountain Observatory

Mike Skrutskie awarded James Craig Watson Medal

Kelsey Johnson wins NSF CAREER and FEST awards

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