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Times Higher Education covers open letter on STFC funding

Times Higher Education has a lead article on open letter by five leading scientists, including Professor Bob Nichol, to the science minister registering their "dismay" at swingeing cuts to physics and astronomy research (ICG). The story is available here.

The letter in full is given below:

ICG Professor on Sky at Night

Professor Bob Nichol was a guest on the BBC's Sky at Night on December 7th. The programme will be repeated at 7:30pm on BBC4 on December 7th, and BBC2 at 2pm on December 12th and will also available on the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pcmhj/The_Sky_at_Night_The_Winter_Sky/ See also http://www.port.ac.uk/aboutus/newsandevents/frontpagenews/title,105979,en.html

Top international awards won by cosmologist

A young scientist at the University of Portsmouth has won two prestigious awards in recognition of his world-class research in cosmology.

Dr Kazuya Koyama, a senior research fellow in the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, has won the 2010 Young Scientist Award of the Physical Society, Japan, and a £70,000 Philip Leverhulme Prize. Both awards are for Dr Koyama’s work in theoretical astrophysics.

Cosmologist receives special commendation

A University of Portsmouth cosmologist was among West End stars, inventors, entrepreneurs and stockbrokers honoured at the Women of the Future awards on Thursday.

Dr Karen Masters, short-listed in the Science and Technology category, received a special commendation for being an exceptional candidate whom the judges wanted to recognise for her huge potential.

SDSS-III BOSS starts taking data

The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) of the [http://www.sdss3.org Sloan Digital Sky Survey III] has just got started and has obtained "first light" on the night of September 14-15 2009. ICG members are part of the major new international project and will be using this new data for the next 5 years. See [http://research.icg.port.ac.uk/node/940 the official press release]

Cosmologist short-listed for Women of the Future Award

A University of Portsmouth cosmologist has been short-listed for the Science and Technology Women of the Future Award.

President Obama awards honorary graduate science medal

America's highest scientific award has been conferred upon an honorary graduate of the University of Portsmouth by President Barack Obama.
Cosmologist Professor Jim Gunn will receive the National Medal of Science at a ceremony in the White House early next month.
Professor Gunn was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University in 2006 in recognition of his work on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the most extensive three-dimensional mapping of the universe ever undertaken. In 2005 the University of Portsmouth became the first British university to join the SDSS.

Science Magazine features ICG research on galaxies

A News Focus article in the Science Magazine, issue 31 July 2009, features the research by Dr Daniel Thomas and collaborators. The article describes the importance of black holes and AGN feedback in galaxy formation and highlights recent results of ICG research on this subject based on data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/325/5940/532

'Green pea' galaxies paper released

ICG members Professor Bob Nichol and Dr Daniel Thomas are coauthors on a recently released paper detailing the discovery of 'green pea' galaxies in Galaxy Zoo.

Astronomer Royal opens new Dennis Sciama building

Dennis Sciama openingDennis Sciama opening Astronomer Royal, Professor Martin Rees, opened the new Dennis Sciama building at the University of Portsmouth yesterday, in the presence of cosmologists from all over the world. The new £9 million building, home to the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG), teaching rooms and a new café for staff and students, is named after Dennis Sciama (1926 – 1999), a leading figure internationally in the development of modern astrophysics and cosmology. Over 300 guests attended the opening, inc
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