- Vicky Kalogera gave a talk titled “Binary Compact Objects and their Powerful Astrophysics” at The Ohio State University, on April 23, 2009.
- Tassos Fragos gave a seminar titled “Models of X-ray Binaries: Galactic and Extra-galactic Populations” at the Institute of Theory and Computation of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, on April 7, 2009.
- Ilya Mandel presented a talk titled “Gravitational Waves from Binary Systems Containing Intermediate-Mass Black Holes” on behalf of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration at the IMBH Workshop in Irvine, California on April 2, 2009.
- Undergraduate senior Jeff Andrews has decided to join the Astronomy graduate program
at Columbia University, choosing among other offers. Congratulations Jeff!
- Two of our research undergraduate students, Andrew Loveridge and Michael Tremmel,
have been awarded a NU Undergraduate Research Grant in support of their
research work in the summer 2009. Andrew works with postdoctoral associate
Marc van der Sluys on common-envelope evolution and Michael works with Vicky Kalogera
on models of X-ray binaries in the Small Magellanic Cloud.
Congratulations Andrew and Michael!
- A new paper has been submitted to The Astrophysical Journal: "Energy Dissipation through Quasi-Static Tides in White Dwarf Binaries" by B. Willems, C.J. Deloye, & V. Kalogera
- Vicky Kalogera, Ilya Mandel, Francesca Valsecchi, Vivien Raymond, Michael Tremmel, and Jeff Andrews participated in our special event on April 4, 2009 that was part of the 100 Hours of Astronomy a celebration of the International Year of Astronomy. Nearly 200 visitors attended and viewed Saturn and the Moon, listened to presentations by our astronomers and had a wonderful time!