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UW Astronomer Awarded Research Prize

UW Astronomy Assistant Professor Emily Levesque has been named the 2020 recipient of the American Astronomical Society’s Newton Lacy Pierce Prize for her breakthrough studies of the evolution of massi…

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Professor Emily Levesque

UW Astronomy & Physics Alumni Among Breakthrough Prize Awardees

This week the Breakthrough Prize Foundation announced the award of the 2020 Fundamental Physics Prize to the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, who directly imaged the shadow of a black hole…

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Daryl Haggard '10 and Jason Dexter '11, members of the team awarded the 2020 Fundamental Physics Prize

UW's Mobile Planetarium featured in KING5 news

For the last two years, Dr. Rory Barnes has been using the planetarium to teach about the exciting world of astrobiology, which is the search for life beyond Earth.

This week, he showcased the mobile…

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Finding Their Place: Aleezah Ali

The College of Arts & Sciences recently featured Aleezah Ali, a graduating senior and Pre-MAP alum. See an excerpt of the Perspectives Newsletter below, and read the full article here.

The planeta…

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Aleezah Ali

Remembering Former UW Prof. George Lake

Prof. George Lake has passed way, but his impact on Astronomy and Computational Science at the University of Washington, the nation and the world continues on.

George Lake passed away on May 24, 2019…

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George Lake

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