"The Giant Telescopes of the Future” - Public talk on Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in G09 White Hall.
Sarah Kendrew, an astronomer and instrument scientist at the European Space Agency, will give a talk on “The Giant Telescopes of the Future” on Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in G09 White Hall. She will discuss the James Webb Space Telescope, which is NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency’s flagship infrared space mission for the next decade. Scheduled for launch in spring 2019, the telescope and spacecraft are now in the final stages of integration and testing. She will present an overview of the mission status and of the capabilities of the telescope’s instrumentation and discuss other giant telescopes planned for future launches.
JWST Workshop, Friday March 2nd at 12 pm, White Hall G51
Dr. Sarah Kendrew from the Space Telescope Science Institute is employed by the European Space Agency and is an instrument scientist for the mid-infrared spectrometer on JWST. She will lead a workshop on proposing tools for JWST. This will be targeted specifically at astronomers.
- Colloquium with Sarah Kendrew, JWST - Thursday, March 1st at 3:30 pm, White Hall G09
- Colloquium with Timothy Blattner, NIST - Thursday, January 18th at 3:30 pm, White Hall G09
- 'little green men," a documentary about the Pulsar Search Collaboratory, at The Clay Center for Arts & Sciences on March 20th at 6 pm
WVU professor plays key role in telescope program that will map the history of the Universe
Since the early 1900s scientists have known that the Universe is expanding but recent studies have shown that the rate of expansion is accelerating. The reason for this is currently unknown; however, Kevin Bandura, an assistant professor in the Lane Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University, has been working on the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, or CHIME, for the past several years to solve the mystery.
WVU researchers help detect gravitational waves for the third time; confirm new population of black holes
West Virginia University professors Zach Etienne and Sean McWilliams and a group of WVU graduate students are part of a global team of scientists who have detected gravitational waves for the third time, demonstrating that a new window in astronomy has been firmly opened.
The EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation shines a Student Spotlight on WVU student Anika Rowe
From the May 2017 Student Spotlight article:
WVU helps find origins of mysterious, ultra-powerful bursts in space
You can’t see it, but billions of light years away cosmic flash bulbs are popping and no one knows why.
WVU astrophysicist part of team that has created most detailed map of the Milky Way
Hydrogen. Atomic number 1. It is the simplest and lightest element on the periodic table, but don’t be fooled by its humble appearance. With just a single proton and a single electron it is the most abundant element in the universe and has fueled star formation for the past 13 billion years.
- GWAC Center meeting: Tuesday, February 20th, 9:00 am White Hall, G51
- GWAC Center meeting: Thursday, December 14th, 9:00 am White Hall, G51
- GWAC Center meeting: Thursday, September 28th, 4:00 pm White Hall, G51
- GWAC Center meeting: Tuesday, August 29th, 4:00 pm White Hall, G51
- Advisory Board Meeting Friday, May 26th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Mountainlair, Bluestone Room
- Next GWAC Center meeting: Monday, May 8th, 1:00 pm White Hall, G51
Center Logo Competition
The Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology needs a good logo! Something we could put on mugs, t-shirts, etc. Something with a "C", "G", "W", and "C". Something perhaps with a telescope or a wave but simple enough so that it can be rendered easily.