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Portsmouth scientist becomes spokesperson for the leading astronomical survey in the world

Bob Nichol has been elected the first Spokesperson of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS; www.sdss3.org), which is the continuation of the original SDSS. Bob was voted for by over 100 scientists in the SDSS-III collaboration and will serve a three year term as Spokesperson, whose primary role is to liaise between the science collaboration and the survey management as well as between the science collaboration and the public.

Also this week, the SDSS has been shown to be the leading survey in astronomy through an quantitive analysis of paper citations (see astro-ph paper here).