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Professors Offer Insights From Their Fields Amid COVID

July 10, 2020

In this time of profound uncertainty, society can be sure of one thing: more uncertainty. The seemingly opaque path forward for us, individually and collectively, was the Gazette’s topic with three Harvard professors, including Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Applied Astronomy, Dr. Alyssa Goodman, who shared insights into how uncertainty is viewed in their fields, and the surprising ways in which it’s not necessarily a bad thing. ...

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Radcliffe Fellow Dr. João Alves On Discovering the "Radcliffe Wave"

June 30, 2020

Astronomer João Alves came to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study to create a 3D map of the sky, but what he discovered overturned the common conception of how stars are born and compelled scientists to rethink the framework of the galaxy.

A professor of stellar astrophysics at the University of Vienna, Alves focuses on understanding how natural processes change large interplanetary clouds of gas into stars and planets, and ultimately form life. He chose to pursue his research at Radcliffe because of its creative, multidisciplinary approach to collaboration. ...

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New Perspectives on Star Formation, the Milky Way, and Isaac Newton, at University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Friday, January 17, 2020:

slide screenshotThese are Alyssa Goodman's presentation slides from the 6th annual New England Star Formation Meeting, held at the University Connecticut on January 18, 2020.

These are Alyssa Goodman's presentation slides from the 6th annual New England Star Formation Meeting, held at...

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American Astronomical Society Announces First Class of AAS Fellows

February 27, 2020

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has established a new accolade, Fellow of the AAS, to honor members for extraordinary achievement and service. AAS Fellows will be recognized for original research and publication, innovative contributions to astronomical techniques or instrumentation, significant contributions to education and public outreach, and noteworthy service to astronomy and to the Society itself.

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Largest Gaseous Structure Ever Seen In Our Galaxy Is Discovered

January 7, 2020

Astronomers at Harvard University have discovered a monolithic, wave-shaped gaseous structure — the largest ever seen in our galaxy — made up of interconnected stellar nurseries. Dubbed the “Radcliffe Wave” in honor of the collaboration’s home base, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the discovery transforms a 150-year-old vision of nearby stellar nurseries as an expanding ring into one featuring an undulating, star-forming filament that reaches trillions of...

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Introduction to Visualization for Teachers, at Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Tuesday, July 9, 2019:

These are Alyssa Goodman's presentation slides for the Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers (SSEAT) 2019 workshop, held at the Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA on July 9, 2019.

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Reference with doi for this work:  Goodman, Alyssa, 2020, "Introduction to Visualization for Teachers", ...

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