Natalie Gosnell and Andrew Schechtman-Rook Receive Chambliss Awards

Jan 31, 2013

Graduate students Natalie Gosnell and Andrew Schechtman-Rook have received Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards for the exemplary research they presented at poster sessions at the 221st American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting held January 6-10 in Long Beach, California.

Gosnell’s presentation was on detecting white dwarf companions of blue straggler binaries in the old open cluster NGC 188. Schechtman-Rook’s was on near-infrared detection of super-thin disks of massive spiral galaxies.

In addition, two UW-Madison Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) students, Alexandre Fernandes (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater) and Joseph Putko (Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont), received Chambliss Award Honorable Mentions.

Fernandes’ presentation was on constraints on the orbit of high velocity cloud complex A, while Putko’s was on topology in synthetic column density maps for interstellar turbulence. 

With five awards and six honorable mentions each in the undergrad and grad categories, Wisconsin students received nearly 20 percent of all the awards this year. Chambliss awardees are honored with a Chambliss medal or, in the case of honorable mention, a certificate.

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