Three UW-Madison faculty elected as 2021 AAS Fellows

Feb 01, 2021

Professors Amy Barger, Jay Gallagher and Ellen Zweibel have been elected as 2021 Fellows by the Board of Trustees of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

The AAS is the professional association of Astronomers in the United States of America.The 'AAS Fellow' designations was established to recognize members for their contributions toward the society's mission
of enhancing and sharing humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe, including original research, astronomical techniques or instrumentation, education and public outreach and service to astronomy and to the AAS.

Prof. Barger's election recongizes her discovery and mapping of the populations of distant galaxies and supermassive black holes. Prof. Gallagher's election is for his multimessenger studies of the properties of extragalactic systems, contributions to the development of key observational capabilities, and his work as longtime Editor of the Astronomical Journal.  Finally, Prof. Zweibel's election acknowledges her outstanding and sustained contributions to theoretical plasma astrophysics and community leadership.

A total of 31 AAS Fellows were elected in 2021; almost 10% are UW-Madison astronomers, a statistic to make all badgers proud! More information about the 2021 awards can be found in this AAS press release.

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