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WVU Postdoctoral Researcher led international team using NASA’s Chandra X-ray telescope to identify and image the first wind nebula around a radio pulsar

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Magnetar outbursts are one of the most energetic phenomena in the Universe. Steady outflow of ejected particles from magnetars, known as magnetar wind nebulae, are rare and how these outbursts impact their environment is still an open question. Researchers at WVU have found the first evidence of the effects of magnetar outbursts on a compact nebula surrounding a young radio pulsar.

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Matteo Luisi moves into the fall semester as Assistant Professor at Westminster College

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Dr. Matteo Luisi will begin the new academic year with a position as Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.  In his inaugural year, he will be teaching Foundations Physics (an algebra-based introductory physics course designed for incoming freshmen), and Computational Physics.  He will also be working on revitalizing and managing the onsite Planetarium in which he hopes to have public shows featured in the fall.  His long term goals are to use the Planetarium for community outreach projects and to assist in teaching.

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Homecoming and a New Academic Appointment; Dustin Madison on his New Career

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Dr. Dustin Madison, a postdoctoral researcher in the WVU Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology, will begin a tenure track position at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, in August of 2021.  In his new position as an assistant professor, he will be working with undergraduate students on projects related to gravitational waves and pulsars along with NANOGrav related projects.  In his new appointment, he hopes to focus on outreach initiatives.  Looking forward to new opportunities, he states “I would like to start some outreach initiatives focused on bringing high school students from the San Joaquin Valley into STEM degree programs at Pacific or elsewhere, maybe with an emphasis on training future physics and math teachers.”

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Emmanuel Fonseca on team of researchers who discovered 535 new fast radio bursts

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Over a period of time, between 2018 and 2019, researchers made the discovery of 535 new fast radio bursts, adding great excitement to field of cosmology and astrophysics. The discovery was made using the CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) radio telescope in Canada.  The scope of this discovery is immense given that only 150 fast radio bursts (FRBs) had been previously discovered, in all. 

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