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Fulbright Scholar Department Faculty Among Fulbright Scholars
Congratulations to Prof. Dave Besson on his selection as a US Fulbright Scholar for 2014/15. The award enables recipients to teach and conduct research overseas as well as exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions with international peers. Dr. Besson was one of six KU faculty awarded a Fulbright, placing KU at the top of the Big 12 and among the top five universities in the nation. Dr. Besson will spend the spring of 2015 in Russia for his project titled “U.S.-Russian Antarctic Geophysics and Astrophysics". The complete press release can be accessed at this link.

KU Honors Department Major Selected as University Scholar
Congratulations to undegraduate Audrey Evans on her selection as one of 20 University Scholars for 2015. University Scholars are selected on the basis of academic credentials, commitment to their education, intellectual promise and evaluations by instructors, advisers and other faculty members. Students in their second year at KU with a 3.8 cumulative grade-point average are invited to apply. The University Scholars Program was founded in the spring of 1982 by Judge Deanell Tacha, then vice chancellor for academic affairs, and the late Professor Francis Heller. The program now counts more than 700 alumni who have gone on to success in a variety of professions. Audrey is from North Liberty, Iowa and is majoring in engineering physics. This year's Honors Seminar on the topic of Time is being taught by Prof. Phil Baringer. The complete news release can be found at this link.

Quincy Wofford

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Department Major Receives Undergrad Research Award
Congratulations to undergrad Quincy Wofford for receiving one of 51 undergrad research awards for Spring 2015. Quincy, a junior from Lee's Summit, Missouri, is majoring in interdisciplinary computing-astronomy. His project, “The Lunar Energetic AstroParticle (LEAP) Experiment,” is being mentored Prof. Dave Besson. The complete press release can be accessed at this link.

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Noteworthy and Inspiring - A Pioneering Astrobiophysicist
Congratulations to Prof. Adrian Melott for his selection as an Inspiring West Virginian by West Virginia Public Radio. Inspiring West Virginians tells the stories of West Virginians who are exceptional leaders in science and business. The program visits them where they are, learns about what they do, hears stories of their childhood and the influence of a West Virginia upbringing. Added to that are the perspectives of friends, relatives and colleagues. The complete broadcast can be accessed at this link.

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Interstellar

The Science of INTERSTELLAR
Associate Professor Greg Rudnick has closed out the semester in the news for two very different reasons. First, he appeared on the radio broadcast of CENTRAL STANDARD from KCUR in Kansas City to discuss the science and science fiction behind the recent film "Interstellar". The complete podcast can be accessed at this link, within the schedule for Dec. 16, 2014. Second, his collaborative research on gas flows in active galaxies demonstrates for the first time that "nuclear bursts of star formation are capable of ejecting large amounts of cold gas from the central regions of galaxies, thereby strongly affecting their evolution by truncating star formation and redistributing matter." The result was deemed significant enough to generate a News & Views commentary on the result.

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