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MAVEN KU professor among team analyzing data from Mars explorer
Physics and Astronomy Professor Tom Cravens will be among a number of interdisciplinary scientists analyzing and interpreting data collected by MAVEN about Mars' atmosphere. Last month MAVEN arrived in Mars' orbit after traveling 442 million miles over 10 months. The mission represents an unprecedented study of Mars' upper atmosphere and will help scientists learn more about the history of the planet's climate. The complete story from the Lawrence Journal World can be accessed at this link.

Galaxy evolution KU Astronomer Explains "Mind-Blowing" Observation
Professor Greg Rudnick's research focus is the growth of mass in galaxies over cosmic time and how this growth is influenced by galaxy environment. He was called upon by the Lawrence Journal World to explain the recent discovery of a distant galaxy in the process of forming, the first time astronomers have caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. NASA described the galaxy, nicknamed "Sparky," as “a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate." The complete Journal World story can be found at this link.

Alice Bean Physics researcher to advise faith-based office in U.S. Department of State
Professor Alice Bean is best known for her work as a high-energy experimental particle physicist. In 2012, she was a member of the international consortium of scientists who detected the Higgs boson using the world’s most advanced scientific instrument: the Large Hadron Collider. Prof. Bean’s scholarly expertise and eagerness to carry science to society at-large has led the U.S. Department of State to name her as a Jefferson Science Fellow via a program that brings tenured American faculty in science, engineering and medicine to the department and USAID for a year, to contribute to and learn from foreign policy processes. Specifically, she’ll work with the State Department’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives. The complete press release/interview can be found at this link.



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