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Kim Hubbel College staff honored at reception
Congratulations to Kristin Rennells and Kim Hubbel for being selected and honored by the College of Liberal Arts and Science. They were among 36 staff members recognized at a reception on Nov. 20 for their exceptional work for the Department over the past year. The appreciation reception was held at the Oread and more than 100 staff members were in attendance. The complete press release can be accessed at this link.

Ron Gilliland Department Alumnus Shares Breakthrough 2015 Prize
Congratulations to Department Alum, Dr. Ron Gilliland (BA ASTR, MATH, PHSX 1974), for being one of the scientists awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. This prize was awarded to two supernova teams for their discovery of Dark Energy. The Breakthrough Prize was started in 2012 by a group of tech giants that includes Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The prize awards $3 million each to researchers who have made fundamental breakthroughs in life sciences, physics and mathematics.The complete press release can be accessed at this link.

HL Tau Birth of Planets Revealed in Astonishing Detail in ALMA’s ‘Best Image Ever’
Astronomers have captured the best image ever of planet formation around an infant star as part of the testing and verification process for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array’s (ALMA) new high-resolution capabilities. This revolutionary new image reveals in astonishing detail the planet-forming disk surrounding HL Tau, a Sun-like star located approximately 450 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus. "These features are almost certainly the result of young planet-like bodies that are being formed in the disk. This is surprising since HL Tau is no more than a million years old and such young stars are not expected to have large planetary bodies capable of producing the structures we see in this image," said ALMA Deputy Director Stuartt Corder (KU ASTR, PHSX BS, 2001). The complete NRAO press release can be found at this link.

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