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December 2005

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September 2005
  • Baby Kalogera, a.k.a. Stefan George Rasio, was born at 6:25 PM on Friday, September 23rd at the Evanston Northwestern Hospital!
    He is 3.2 kg (about 7lb 2oz) and 52 cm (20.5"). Baby and Vicky are doing great!


  • Tassos Fragos passes his PhD qualifying exams. Congratulations!


  • Bart Willems gives a review talk on: "Dynamic Tides in Close Binaries at the "Active OB-Stars: Laboratories for Stellar & Circumstellar Physics" conference, August 29 - September 2, Sapporo, Japan.

August 2005

July 2005


  • Tassos Fragos has been awarded a Gerondelis Foundation Graduate Scholarship - Congratulations !

  • A new paper is submitted to Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: "Eclipsing Binaries in Extrasolar Planet Surveys: the Case of SuperWASP" B. Willems, U. Kolb, S. Justham.

June 2005

May 2005
  • A new paper is submitted to The Astrophysical Journal Letter: "Low mass X-ray binaries and Metallicity Dependence: the Story of Failers"
    N. Ivanova

  • Vicky Kalogera gives a Special Physics Colloquium: "Astrophysics of Gravitational Wave Sources"

  • Jeff Kaplan has been awarded a University Summer Research Grant to work on the kinematics of binary pulsars during Summer 2005.
    Congratulations!

  • Mia Ihm receives the Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation at the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at Northwestern.

    Also Mia and fellow NU student Rachel Scheidegger have won the 3rd-place prize as well as the coveted "Sexiest Robot" Award at Northwestern's 2005 Design Competition. DC is a robotics competition that requires the assembly of complex electronics and robotics to navigate a special course. Participants are typically engineering students, though all Northwestern undergrads are welcome to try.
    Congratulations!

April 2005
  • A new paper is submitted to The Astrophysical Journal: "Cataclysmic Variables below the Period Gap: Evolution Driven by Circumbinary Disks"
    B. Willems, U. Kolb, E.L. Sandquist, R.E. Taam, & G. Dubus

  • Mia Ihm (NU senior) has been awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) for the coming academic year!

    The GRF Program invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation. This is a 3-year fellowship that will support Mia's graduate studies at one of the many programs she has already been accepted.

  • A new paper is submitted to The Astrophysical Journal: "Constraining Population Synthesis Models via the Binary Neutron Star Population"
    R. O'Shaughnessy, C. Kim, T. Fragos, V. Kalogera & K. Belczynski [astro-ph/0504479]

  • Jeff Kaplan (NU sophomore) has been selected as a Goldwater Scholar for 2005!

    The Goldwater Scholars (320 sophomores and juniors) were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,091 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred sixty-five of the Scholars are men, 155 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. Twenty-seven Scholars are mathematics majors, 239 are science majors, 45 are majoring in engineering, and 9 are computer science related majors. Many of the Scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering, and computer disciplines. Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs.


March 2005

  • Laura Blecha has been awarded a Gates-Cambridge Scholarship for the coming academic year!

    This Scholarship will allow her to pursue her research on intermediate-mass black holes under the supervision of Sir Martin Rees at the University of Cambridge. Laura intends to continue graduate studies in Astrophysics in the U.S. after she completes her one-year stay in England. She is the first NU student to receive this award in the past six years.
    The Gates-Cambridge Scholarship is an international scholarship program to enable outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge. The Trustees are required to award scholarships on the basis of a person's intellectual ability, leadership capacity and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others. Successful applicants will have the ability to make a significant contribution to their discipline while in Cambridge, with a strong aptitude for research, analysis and a creative approach to defining and solving problems. Approximately 100 new scholars are selected annually.



  • Richard O'Shaughnessy gives a talk at the March LSC on " Expected Compact-Object Merger Rates"

  • A new paper is submitted to The Astrophysical Journal: "Bounds on Expected Black Hole Spins in Inspiraling Binaries"
    R. O'Shaughnessy, J. Kaplan, V. Kalogera & K. Belczynski [astro-ph/0503219]

February 2005



January 2005



  • Marc Freitag joins our group as a postdoctoral associate!

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