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Former Google CEO invests in computing help for university scientists

January 21, 2022 | Science, Adrian Cho

Schmidt Futures philanthropy launches Virtual Institute for Scientific Software

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Dr. Gwendolyn Eadie Wins 2021 Polanyi Prize in Physics

January 18, 2022 | DiRAC NEWS

DiRAC Alumni, Dr. Gwendolyn Eadie, wins 2021 Polanyi Prize in Physics for her leadership and research in the emerging interdisciplinary field of astrostatistics.

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Simulated SPHEREx spectra of asteroids and their implications for asteroid size and reflectance estimation

January 17, 2022 | DiRAC NEWS

In January 2022, published paper by Zeljko Ivezić, Vedrana Ivezić, Moeyens Joachim… DiRAC members Joachim Moeyens and Zeljko Ivezić, aided by a DiRAC guest researcher Vedrana Ivezić, led a multi-institutional team of scientists who produced and analyzed simulated SPHEREx spectra of asteroids.  SPHEREx is a 2-year NASA space mission scheduled for launch in less than […]

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Supernova Siblings and their Parent Galaxies in the ZTF Bright Transient Survey

January 12, 2022 | DiRAC NEWS

Published paper by Melissa Graham Supernovae are the explosions of stars that can be seen across vast distances, appearing as new bright points of light in optical images of the sky, even when the original star was far too faint to be detected. When different types of stars explode (e.g., low-mass and high-mass) they cause […]

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Željko Ivezić appointed Director of Rubin Observatory Construction

January 4, 2022 | Rubin Observatory

On January 3, 2022, Željko Ivezić assumed the role of Director of Rubin Observatory Construction, appointed by Matt Mountain, AURA President. Professor Ivezić has been involved with Rubin Observatory/LSST since its inception in the early 2000s, serving for many years as Project Scientist and head of the Project Science Team.

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