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AstroDoings March 2020 – Our Latest Awards

21.02.2020

Alumni One of our past undergraduate students Katharine Hayhoe received a 2019 Champions of the Earth award, the UN’s highest environmental honor, for her stalwart commitment to quantifying the effects of climate change and her tireless efforts to transform public attitudes. Katharine is a climate…

On Passing of Professor Bill Clarke

21.02.2020

  As some of you know, Professor Bill Clarke passed away suddenly in October last year. Professor Bill Clarke served as Interim Chair 2001-2002 and 2005-2006. At the time, the family requested privacy but agreed that we would have a comment about Bill’s career in…

Congratulations to our graduate students on successfully defending their theses

21.02.2020

  Alexander Kostenko (supervisor Prof Chris Thompson) – March 5th, 2020. Alexander is interested in government policy work and is considering pursuing a career in this field. Steven Janssens (supervisor Prof Bob Abraham) – December 4th, 2019. Thesis title: Ultra-Diffuse Galaxies and Ultra-Compact Dwarfs in…

Featured Astronomy Alumni: Kaitlin Kratter

21.02.2020

  Kaitlin, who was one of our most gifted and enthusiastic graduate students, is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, University of Arizona.  As our grad student at UofT, she held the prestigious Connaught Fellowship and later, as a…

Featured New Faculty: Abby Crites

21.02.2020

  Why did you choose U of T?   I chose U of T because of the vibrant science being done here from theory to observation to instrumentation in particular in my field.  I love that this is an amazing community of faculty, staff, postdocs, and…

Donald A. MacRae (1916-2006): An Under-Recognized Canadian Astronomer

01.10.2019

  We also would like to bring your attention to the excellent tribute to Professor Donald A. MacRae written by Professor John Percy. Donald A. MacRae was Chair of our Department and Director of the David Dunlap Observatory, and a leader in the Canadian astronomical…

AstroDoings Oct 2019 – Our Latest Awards

01.10.2019

Undergraduate Students Shannon Vanderwourde is the recipient of the 2019 Maurice and Christine Clement Scholarship in Astronomy and Astrophysics. She has also been named the recipient of the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Jacob Taylor is the recipient of Smith Solis…

AstroDoings Oct 2019 – Featured Astronomy Alumni: Dr. Jielai Zhang

01.10.2019

    Jielai, a gifted and enthusiastic graduate student, was named one of fourteen inaugural Schmidt Science Fellows. She kindly agreed to answer a few questions for our newsletter. We would like to thank Jielai for her time. Could you briefly tell us about yourself?…

Congratulations to our graduate students on successfully defending their theses

01.10.2019

Jielai Zhang – June 28th, 2018 (Supervisors: Bob Abraham and Peter Martin). Thesis title: The Development and Scientific Application of the Dragonfly Telephoto Array. She is a Schmidt Science Fellow in Oxford. Peter Jumper – August 24th, 2018 (Supervisor: Chris Matzner). Thesis title: Star Cluster…