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Neta A. Bahcall and Andrés Plazas Malagón Publish Study on Dark Matter
Aug. 2, 2022

Neta A. Bahcall, Eugene Higgins Professor of Astrophysics and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Astrophysics and Andrés Plazas Malagón, Associate Research Scholar, along with an international team, recently published a study which measured the distribution of dark matter around galaxies to redshifts of 4, corresponding to a time a mere 1…

STAFF FEATURED: Akiyama interviewed for Princeton University's "Year of the Tiger" series
July 28, 2022

Mami Akiyama, a staff member who joined the department in 2015 was recently featured in the “Year of the Tiger” series, created to share the stories of Princeton’s vibrant Asian and Asian American community.  In her interview, Mami discusses her childhood as a Japanese immigrant living in New York City, her experience in a diverse, Arts…

FACULTY HONOR: Spergel elected to The American Philosophical Society
July 19, 2022

In June, David Spergel, Emeritus Professor of Astrophysical Sciences and Emeritus Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation was elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society, along with 36 others, including two other Princeton faculty.  Election to the APS honors extraordinary accomplishments in…

STUDENT AWARD: Flowers receives inaugural Best of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion (BADI) Pinnacle Award from The Graduate School of Princeton University
June 13, 2022

Erin Flowers, a 5th year graduate student in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences was recognized for her dedication to inclusion and social justice in the Princeton University community with the Pinnacle Award.   “The Pinnacle Award recognizes a graduate student who embodies excellence, indelible character, and a steadfast commitment…

FACULTY AND STUDENT AWARD: Greene and Dalal receive inaugural Best of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion (BADI) Awards from The Graduate School of Princeton University
May 4, 2022

Jenny Greene, Professor of Astrophysical Sciences will receive the BADI Faculty Champion Award which recognizes a faculty leader who has been a dedicated supporter of graduate student, community, organizational, and/or systemic needs related to diversity, access, inclusion, and/or social justice issues at Princeton and beyond.  Greene…

FACULTY HONOR: Ostriker, Stone, Binney elected to National Academy of Sciences
May 3, 2022

Eve Ostriker, Associate Chair, Department of Astrophysical Sciences; Lyman Spitzer, Jr., Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics, Professor of Astrophysical Sciences and James Stone, Emeritus Professor of Astrophysical Sciences, Emeritus Lyman Spitzer, Jr., Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics, have been elected members of the National Academy…

ALUM AWARD: Hadzhiyska ’17 receives the 2022 Eric R. Keto Prize
April 22, 2022

Boryana Tsvetanova Hadzhiyska ’17 recently won the 2022 Eric R. Keto Prize for Graduate Students in Theoretical Astrophysics, from Harvard University for her thesis “Forward modeling in the era of cosmological surveys.” The Eric R. Keto Prize for Graduate Students in Theoretical Astrophysics, is awarded each year for the best thesis in…

FACULTY AWARD: McComas received Scientific Committee of Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP) 2022 Distinguished Scientist Award
April 6, 2022

David J. McComas, Professor of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, and Vice President for Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, is the recipient of the Scientific Committee of Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP) 2022 Distinguished Scientist Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution of a scientist to solar-terrestrial…

FACULTY AWARD: Spergel receives NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal
March 7, 2022

David Spergel, Emeritus Professor of Astrophysical Sciences, has received NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Medal for “outstanding leadership of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope’s teams during its initial mission concept and formulation program.”  NASA’s recognition statement notes that Spergel “led the…

NASA Hubble Fellow and Carnegie-Princeton Fellow, Shany Danieli, and collaborators, make a surprising discovery
Feb. 15, 2022

Shany Danieli’s work is featured in a recent article on Princeton University’s news page.  The article highlights her work on galaxies that lack most of their dark matter, observationally, and now also using new computer simulations.

Danieli, who first discovered the two galaxies in 2018, has been…