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December 2004



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September 2004



  • Jeremy Sepinsky gives a talk on "X-Ray Binaries and Super-Star Clusters" at Graduate Student Research Program Fellowship Symposium at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, September 23, 2004

  • Jeremy Sepinsky successfully completed the Ph.D. qualifying exams - Congratulations!


August 2004

July 2004

June 2004

May 2004
  • Bart Willems gives a talk on "Dynamic Tides and the Evolution of Stars in Close Binaries" at the Third Granada Workshop on Stellar Structure, Tidal Evolution and Oscillations in Binary Stars, May 26-28, 2004, Granada, Spain.

  • Jeremy Sepinsky has been awarded a NASA/Goddard Graduate Student Researchers Program Fellowship for 2004 (renewable for up to 3 years). The NASA GSRP awards fellowships for graduate study leading to masters or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering related to NASA research and development. Jeremy's NASA Technical Adviser will be Dr. Nicholas White - Congratulations!

  • Laura Blecha has been selected as this year's recipient of the annual Outstanding Junior in Physics and Astronomy award. This award is designed to recognize a Physics and Astronomy major in their junior year who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement in the major and shows great promise for the future.
    Laura has also been elected as the President of the Society of Physics Students at Northwestern University - Congratulations!

  • Bart Willems gives the Physics & Astronomy Colloquium at the Open University in Milton Keynes (UK) on "Pulsar Kicks and Spin Tilts in Close Double Neutron Stars"

  • Todd Levin is awarded a NU Undergraduate Research Grant for Summer 2004 - Congratulations!

  • Vicky Kalogera is awarded the Cottrell Scholar Award by the Research Corporation. The Cottrell Scholar Awards are designed for institutions and faculty members who wish to excel at both teaching and research.

  • Bart Willems and collaborators submitted two new papers to Astronomy & Astrophysics:
    • "Interpretation of the variability of the β Cephei star λ Scorpii I. The multiple character",
      K. Uytterhoeven, B. Willems, K. Lefever, C. Aerts, J.H. Telting, U. Kolb
    • "Interpretation of the variability of the β Cephei star λ Scorpii II. The line-profile diagnostics",
      K. Uytterhoeven, J.H. Telting, C. Aerts, B. Willems

April 2004

March 2004
  • Laura Blecha will be spending Summer 2004 as an REU student in Mike Zurek's group at UCLA.

  • Mia Ihm will be spending Summer 2004 as an REU student in George Smoot's group at LBL.

  • Chris Deloye from UCSB will be joining our group as a postdoctoral associate in the Fall 2004.

  • Vicky Kalogera presents the recent results on the double pulsar J0737-3039 as a LIGO Seminar at Caltech.

  • Philip Nutzman receives graduate program offers from Caltech, Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC SantaCruz - Congratulations!

February 2004

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