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Indigenous Skies Graduate Fellowship

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The Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology alongside the WVU Planetarium and Observatory presents the Indigenous Skies Graduate Fellowship.

The two-year fellowship with a 1-year possible extension, provides a $30,000 stipend per year with a $2000 travel allowance. The Fellowship provides support for the student to engage in self-directed Indigenous astronomy scholarship. Possible areas of study include but not limited to researching Indigenous astronomical knowledge and traditions of Eastern Woodland peoples (in collaboration with the WVU Native American Studies Program), investigating Indigenous research methods in application to astronomy and astrophysics, and partnering with K-12 schools in Indigenous communities to develop astronomy and physics educational materials that incorporate Indigenous language, knowledge, and perspectives. In addition, the student will collaborate with the WVU Planetarium on development of Indigenous skies show content, and participate in outreach activities in the planetarium and in the community.

Applicants must be admitted into the WVU Physics and Astronomy Graduate Program for the upcoming academic year. Applicants should have clear promise for outstanding performance in doctoral study and research. Native American U.S. citizens that are members or descendants of state or federally recognized tribes, and other Indigenous peoples are especially encouraged to apply.

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WVU and institutional partners awarded NSF Partnership for Research and Education in Physics Award

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The Department of Physics at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez (UPRM) received a 3-year award from the National Science Foundation's Partnerships for Research and Education in Physics (NSF PREP) Program for the total amount of $520,646. This award will fund a partnership between UPRM Physics and the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) Physics Frontiers Center (PFC). The Principal Investigator (PI) of this research and educational partnership is Dr. Henri Radovan (UPRM Physics), while the participating NANOGrav institutions include West Virginia University (co-PI and NANOGrav PFC co-Director Dr. Maura McLaughlin), University of Central Florida/Arecibo Observatory (co-PI Dr. Benetge Perera), Rochester Institute of Technology (co-PI Dr. Michael Lam), and Franklin & Marshall College (co-PI Dr. Fronefield Crawford). Other senior personnel at UPRM Physics include Dr. Erick Roura.

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World-wide radio telescope network strengthens evidence for signal that may hint at ultra-low frequency gravitational waves

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An international team of astronomers, including members of the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav), has announced the results of a comprehensive search for ripples in the fabric of space-time – known as gravitational waves. The team searched for low-frequency gravitational waves, which can originate from supermassive black hole binaries residing in galaxies or from events occurring soon after the formation of the universe in the Big Bang. Detecting these low-frequency signals will open a brand-new window in the gravitational wave spectrum and help scientists enhance their understanding of the evolution of galaxies, their central black holes, and the early universe.

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