Congratulations to PTYS undergraduate minors Cassandra Lejoly and Amanda Walker-LaFollette. For Spring 2014, Cassandra was named Outstanding Senior for the Department of Astronomy and Amanda was the recipient of the Undergraduate Research Award for the Department of Astronomy.
The UA Campus played host again this spring to the annual Tucson Festival of Books. This year's event, the sixth annual festival, was held March 15-16, 2014. The Tucson Festival of Books is free and open to the public. It has become one of the most anticipated and well attended book fairs in the U.S., attracting approximately 100,000 attendees, 450 authors, and 300 exhibitors.
Dr. Christopher Hamilton joined LPL this spring as an Assistant Professor. Christopher is planetary volcanologist with an interest in field-based analogs for geologic surface processes on terrestrial planets and satellites.
What could make Opening Day at a Diamondbacks game even better?That would be catching a foul ball and making it look easy! Nice job, Professor Swindle! http://m.mlb.com/video/v31738845/sfari-fan-makes-great-grab-on-foul-ball/?c_id=mlb
Congratulations to the Catalina Sky Survey Team on reaching the milestone of 5000 NEO discoveries! On March 31, CSS Astronomer Jess Johnson discovered NEO 2014 FS52 using the 60" reflector on Mt. Lemmon. According to CSS PI Eric Christensen, "This is a fairly ordinary NEO, but an extraordinary statistic!
Congratulations to Ken Domanik, recipient of this year's LPL Appointed Personnel Staff Excellence Award, and to Bertha Orosco, recipient of the 2014 Classified Staff Excellence Award!
Christa L. Van Laerhoven defended her dissertation titled "Multi-Planet Extra-Solar Systems: Tides and Classical Secular Theory" on April 16. Christa began her career as a graduate student in 2008, with two years of support from a Canadian NSERC (National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Fellowship.
In March, Senior Staff Scientist Steve Larson forwarded news that Catalina Sky Survey observer Rik Hill (Research Specialist, Senior) discovered the "crumbling" asteroid P/2013 R3. Hubble Space Telescope provided the likely the first known observation of an asteroid breaking up through spin-up by the YORP effect: http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1405/
Congratulations to Rik and the Catalina Sky Survey!