A Universal Mystery
Apr 25, 2019Armed with new Hubble Space Telescope data and an improved technique, a team of astronomers including Texas A&M professor Lucas Macri has made the most accurate measurement of the universe's expansion rate to date — a surprising 4-sigma discrepancy from Planck's prediction that strengthens the case for new physics.
Apr 14, 2019Texas A&M astronomer Jonelle Walsh recently took time with reporters from local media outlets KBTX-News3 and the Bryan-College Station Eagle to discuss the historic first image of a black hole and its shadow, located at the heart of the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy, which Walsh has actually studied as a crucial anchor for the uppermost end of black hole properties and relationships.
Hands-On Physics Fun
Mar 29, 2019Make a date for free family fun and experience the many wonders of science and technology at Texas A&M's 2019 Physics and Engineering Festival, set for Saturday, April 6, at the Mitchell Physics Building and kicking off with a 7 p.m. Friday, April 5 lecture, "Science in the Brewery!"
Mar 19, 2019Two prominent Texas A&M University former students from the College of Science have earned selection by the college for its highest alumni honor, induction into its Academy of Distinguished Former Students. Col. (Ret) Harry Kay Lesser Jr., Class of 1970, of Herndon, Va.; and Joel E. Richter, M.D., Class of 1971, of Tampa, Fla., will […]
Jan 31, 2019Texas A&M astronomer Jennifer Marshall has been selected as Project Scientist for the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) project, an 11.25-meter telescope being planned in Hawaii that's capable of studying up to 4,000 astronomical objects at once and positioned to lead the world in multi-object spectroscopy.
Jan 23, 2019Texas A&M astronomer and Mitchell Institute executive director Robert Kennicutt Jr. has been selected to receive the 2019 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Award for Scientific Reviewing in recognition of his field-defining work in astrophysics including a groundbreaking 1998 review paper that has since become one of the most-cited papers in astrophysics.
Dec 21, 2018Texas A&M astronomer Robert Kennicutt Jr. has been selected by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine as one of two co-chairs of the Astro 2020 Decadal Survey -- a comprehensive study performed by the Academies every 10 years to help determine and prioritize the most important scientific and technological activities in astronomy and astrophysics for the next decade.
In Service to Science
Dec 20, 2018Texas A&M physicist Tatiana Erukhimova has been selected as vice chair of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Committee on Science Education for the Public, one of 19 area committees that help with AAPT governance while supporting its strategic priorities and interests.
Oct 30, 2018Texas A&M astronomer Kevin Krisciunas has been elected as vice chair of the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society, where he will devote a total of six years toward preserving and promoting the achievements and legacy of both the organization and its membership.