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Rich Kelley Awarded AAS HEAD Innovation Prize

01.12.2021
Congratulations to Rich Kelley who was awarded the inaugural AAS HEAD Innovation Prize "for his unflagging effort to make the transformational capabilities of the X-ray microcalorimeter available to the high-energy astrophysics community."

Congratulations to Rita Sambruna for being honored as an APS Fellow!

10.13.2020
Rita Sambruna has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) for 2020. This distinct honor signifies recognition by one's professional peers for outstanding contributions to physics. Each year, no more than one-half of one percent of the society’s membership is recognized by this honor.

Two SED Scientists Honored as APS Fellows

10.13.2020
Li-Jen Chen was nominated by the APS Division of Plasma Physics for pioneering observational and theoretical contributions to the understanding of collisionless plasma dynamics; especially collisionless magnetic reconnection.

Rita M. Sambruna was selected by the APS Division of Astrophysics for exceptional contributions to the fundamental understanding of relativistic jets from supermassive black holes, and for leadership in, and service to, the field of astrophysics.
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The Astrophysics Science Division conducts a broad program of research in astronomy, astrophysics, and fundamental physics. Individual investigations address issues such as the nature of dark matter and dark energy, which planets outside our solar system may harbor life, and the nature of space, time, and matter at the edges of black holes.

Observing photons, particles, and gravitational waves enables researchers to probe astrophysical objects and processes. Researchers develop theoretical models, design experiments and hardware to test theories, interpret and evaluate the data, archive and disseminate the data, provide expert user support to the scientific community, and publish conclusions drawn from research. The Division also conducts education and public outreach programs about its projects and missions.

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