Galaxy Zoo 2 has gone live. The update of the original Galaxy Zoo site asks users for more detailed classifications than the original, focussing on the brightest quarter of a million galaxies from the original.
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.
Claudia Maraston will be speaking at the Farnham Astronomical Society on "Galaxies and their formation and evolution" on the 11th of November.
Claudia is a Marie Curie Excellence Team Leader at the ICG researching the stellar populations of galaxies.
Professor Bob Nichol features on German public radio on October 20th, as part of the programme "Forschung Aktuell", discussing baryon acoustic oscillations. More information is available (in German) here.
ICG postdoc Rita Tojeiro is giving a public lecture today along with Stuart Lynn and Simon Reynolds, titled 'The cosmic childhood'. It covers the subject of the Big Bang and cosmology, and how the universe has changed over time. The talk starts at 7pm at the Royal Institution.
The September 2008 issue of Physics World has a feature article on the
Galaxy Zoo project, led by Oxford and Portsmouth.
The article is available online here.