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APS News

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    The Sloan 2.5 m telescope at Apache Point, NM.
  • Dan Baker, Distinguished Professor in APS and Physics, and Director of LASP, has been selected to receive the 2015 Shen Kuo Medal at the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) meeting in Prague this summer. Professor Baker will also be traveling to India to receive the Vikram A. Sarabhai Professorship and Prize from the nation's Physical Research Laboratory.
  • APS postdoctoral fellow Emily Levesque wins the AAS Annie Jump Cannon award for outstanding research for her work using gamma ray bursts. Read more...
  • APS Professor Jean-Michel Desert is part of a collaboration presenting definitive evidence of clouds in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star. See the artice in Nature...
  • CU Boulder has become a full institutional member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-IV, which will map the Northern sky in three dimensions to learn more about the structure and evolution of the universe. Read more...
  • CU Boulder's Fiske Planetarium, directed by APS Professor Doug Duncan, has undergone a complete upgrade, transforming the planetarium into one of the most advanced theaters in the country. Read more...
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Current Projects

  • Professor Jason Glenn is leading CU-Boulder's involvement in the design and construction of the Cornell-Caltech-Atacama Telescope (CCAT), a 25-meter sub-millimeter telescope to be located in Chile's Atacama desert. CCAT will study solar systems, stars, and galaxies at the earliest stages of their formation. Professors John Bally, Jack Burns, Webster Cash, Jeremy Darling, and Michael Shull are also involved in the CCAT project.
  • Professor Jack Burns is leading CU-Boulder's involvement in the $6.5 million NASA-funded Lunar Science Institute "LUNAR" to study gravitational physics, solar physics and particle acceleration, and low-frequency cosmology applied to times when the Universe was in its infancy.
  • ARC Telescope Proposal Form: More information on the ARC 3.5-m telescope and how to propose an observation.
  • Be sure to visit our ongoing faculty research for more information.
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