Graduate student John Ruan named recipient of Dan David Prize Scholarship

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UW graduate student John Ruan studies “changing-look” quasars, a new class of objects in time-domain astronomy.

UW Astronomy graduate student John Ruan was recently announced as a forthcoming recipient of a 2017 Dan David Prize Scholarship, an international award for advanced doctoral students or postdoctoral researchers excelling in achievement and promise. John was selected for a Dan David Prize Scholarship’s “Future Time Dimension” award, which this year is aimed at the field of astronomy. John’s research scholarship at UW has emphasized studies of quasars in the burgeoning field of time-domain astronomy, including recent advances in discoveries of rare “changing-look” quasars that may represent a surprisingly rapid flickering- or fading-stage of accreting, supermassive black holes.