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  • Astrophysics, Gravitation and Cosmology Seminar - "Collisionless Magnetized Shearing Flows"

    Benjamin Ryan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    10/26/2016, 12:00 pm,

    464 Loomis

  • CSE Seminar - Nicole Riemer / Stochastic Particle-Resolved Models for Atmospheric Aerosol Simulation

    Dr. Nicole Riemer is an Associate Professor at the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and an Affiliate of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her doctorat degree from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Her research focus is the development of computer simulations that describe how aerosol particles are created, transported, and transformed in the atmosphere. Her group uses these simulations, together with observational and satellite data, to understand how aerosol particles impact human health, weather, and climate. This understanding guides the development of effective pollution mitigation strategies and responses to global climate change. Her teaching portfolio at the University of Illinois includes courses at the undergraduate as well as the graduate level, such as Atmospheric Thermodynamics, Cloud Physics, Atmospheric Radiation, Atmospheric Chemistry, Physical Meteorology, and Aerosol Dynamics and Chemistry. For her teaching she was listed multiple times for several courses on the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent”. Dr. Riemer is a member of the German National Academic Foundation and received the NSF CAREER award. She was designated as the 2014-2015 I. C. Gunsalus Scholar, is recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Promotion Award and received an NCSA Fellowship for 2017. She held the position of editor for the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, and is currently an editor for Aerosol Science and Technology.

    10/26/2016, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm,

    1030 National Center for Supercomputing Applications

  • Physics Colloquium: "Irreversibility, information and the second law of thermodynamics at the nanoscale"

    Chris Jarzynski, University of Maryland

    10/26/2016, 4:00 pm,

    141 Loomis

  • Journal Club -10/31/2016, 12:00 pm,

    Astronomy 134

  • Astronomy Colloquium - "Mapping the invisible Universe — the Dark Energy Survey and beyond"

    Chihway Chang, KICP

    11/1/2016, 3:45 pm,

    Astronomy 134

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Star of the Week

  • PI-1 UMA (Pi-1 Ursae Majoris, with a nod to 2 UMa.)

    In far western Ursa Major, about as far as you can get from the Big Dipper, seven degrees north of Omicron UMa and near the border with Camelopardalis, lies a small curve of three stars, from north to south fifth magnitude (5.47) 2 UMa (a Flamsteed designation), sixth magnitude (5.64) Pi-1 UMa, and ... Full Details


Job Openings

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Astronomy Department is a research-oriented unit with broad interests, from the cosmic microwave background to the origin of the Moon. We are always seeking to identify prospective faculty members at all ranks. If you are interested in Illinois Astronomy, see our Job Openings page.



  • Shapiro wins 2017 Bethe Prize

    Congratulations to U of I Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stuart Shapiro who has been selected for the 2017 Hans A. Bethe Prize of the American Physical Society (APS). ... Full Details

  • Getting Personal: Joaquin Vieira

    Prof. Joaquin Vieira talked about his work taking baby pictures of the universe, setting up a telescope at the South Pole, Astronomy on Tap Champaign-Urbana, and his family in The News-Gazette's Getting Personal story and video. ... Full Details

  • 'From the Sun to the Stars' by Jim Kaler

    In his latest book, which grew out of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lectures given at the University of Illinois, Prof. Emeritus James Kaler begins at the Sun then travels through the solar system to see the stars, how they work, and ultimately what they mean to us. To be released Oct. 22nd ... Full Details

  • Segura-Cox Interview with NRAO

    Graduate student Dominique Segura-Cox was recently interviewed by the NRAO. Listen to it here. ... Full Details

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