New Opportunities - Winter 2017-18

There are two new position openings. Details are on the CRESST II website, and links are provided in the summaries below. As new openings arise, we will continue to post them on the Opportunities portion of the website, and also point to them in subsequent News posts.:

  • Howard University, one of the CRESST II partner universities, is now advertising for a tenure track position in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. This position would involve teaching, research related to astronomy, astrophysics, and/or physics and also in helping to build positive research and education connections between Howard and NASA/GSFC.

  • Jeremy Perkins, in the Laboratory for Particle Astrophysics, is advertising for a CRESST II post doctoral position to work on BurstCube, a CubeSat to detect astrophysical counterparts to GW signals as well as other gamma-ray transients.


Science Highlights - Fall 2017

  • Dr. Eleonora Troja led the discovery of X-ray emission from the gravitational-wave event GW170817. This is the first gravitational-wave event with an identified electromagnetic counterpart. Dr Troja was involved in extensive multiwavelength monitoring campaigns. The results were published in a Nature article: Troja, E. et al. Nature 551, 71–74 (2017). Dr. Troja was featured in an NSF Press Conference on October 16, 2017. Here is an image associated with the published article.

Awards and Recognition - Fall 2017

  • Jacob Slutzky, as a member of the ST7 Operations Team, received a NASA Group Achievement award, "For the successful operations of the Space Technology 7 (ST7), meeting all mission success criteria." This is a part of the LISA Pathfinder, and he was also recognized for this success as part of the European Operations Team.

Science Highlights - Summer 2017

  • Neutron Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) Launched on June 3 headed for Space Station

  • Dragon capsule "captured" June 5; NICER extraction scheduled for June 11 and power up for June 14

  • Cubesat UV Experiment (CUVE) selected for a Deep Space SmallSat study.

  • CUVE (PI Valeria Cottini) will study the Venus atmosphere at UV wavelengths to:

    1. Determine the nature of the "unknown" UV absorber

    2. Measure SO2 and SO distributions

    3. Study atmospheric dynamics

    4. Study nightglow emissions

Awards and Recognition - Summer 2017

  • The CubeSat UV Experiment: "Unveil Venus' UV absorber with CubeSat UV Mapper Spectrometer (CUVE)" was selected for study by the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies Program. For this and related work, Dr. Valeria Cottini, the PI of CUVE, was the recipient of the UMD Astronomy Department Early Career Research Scientist Prize for Excellence.

  • Diana Cheatham: Successfully defended PhD. on Accreting Pulsars. Tested newly implemented models and provided the first direct connection between physical parameters of the accretion process in rotating neutron stars.

Awards and Recognition - Spring 2017

  • Giuseppe Cataldo: Agency Honor Award "For exceptional insight and tireless efforts to bring advanced mathematical methods to the correlation of thermal models for the James Webb Space Telescope."

  • Thomas Barclay: NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal: "For effective and innovative leadership of the Kepler/K2 Guest Observer Program, which has opened the mission up from a search for new worlds to the study of stellar systems and galaxies."

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