The article "Stellar population models at high spectral resolution" by ICG researchers Claudia Maraston and Gustav Stromback published in 2011 in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society was acknowledged for "significantly contributing to raise the overall journal impact parameter by 13%, from 4.9 to 5.521". This has good implications on REF as ICG science team often publishes on MNRAS.
Claudia Maraston of the ICG is part of the Scientific Organising Committee of a Symposium of the International Astronomical Union that was successfully selected. The Symposium entitled "Galaxy Masses as Constraints of Formation Models" will be held in Oxford in July 2014 (http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/iau311/). It will be the occasion to celebrate the career of Roger Davies, Chairman of Physics at Oxford. The conference follows the successful 2009 meeting at Queen's University devoted to celebrate Vera Rubin, who discovered Dark Matter in galaxies.
Fergus Houghton-Connell, a sixth form student from Portsmouth Grammar School, has been gaining work experience at the ICG for last 4 weeks. Fergus (center) has been helped by Chris D'Andrea (right), Andreas Papadopoulos (left) and (sometimes) Bob Nichol (photographer). Fergus spent his time looking at images of supernova host galaxies as well as making color images from the recently working Dark Energy Survey.
Many ICG researchers are proud to be part of the tenth data release from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) . This release gives astronomers, and the public, access to the largest 3-D map of the Universe .
The ICG recently hosted a number of students on short work experience visits to learn what it is like to be a researcher in astronomy. Ellie Waddington (Yr 11 Tunbridge Wells School for Girls), Vince Parker, Tom Knapman (both Yr 10 from Crofton School in Stubbington) and Liam Stigant (Yr 12 Portsmouth Grammar School) all visited the ICG for one or two weeks in July.
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey III is happy to announce Data Release 10.
DR10 includes hundreds of thousands of new galaxy and quasar spectra from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), which ICG members have been heavily involved in, and in addition to all imaging and spectra from prior SDSS data releases.