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Astronomy's Dr. Richard Poss Wins Humanities Award

On Friday November 8, Dr. Richard Poss of the Astronomy Department received one of the Ted and Shirley Taubeneck Superior Teaching Awards. These are awarded by UArizona's Humanities Seminars Program. Richard was recognized for "Sense of Wonder: Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction."  Other awardees were Prof Ted Bucholz: "The Cello,"  Prof Greg Sakall: "Controversial Issues in the Supreme Court," and Prof Steve Smith: "Water and Society: Sustainable Use of the Essential Resource for Life."

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DESI Spectrograph on the Kitt Peak 4m Sees First Light: UArizona has Played a Significant Role

The new DESI spectrograph on the Mayall 4m telescope on Kitt Peak has seen first light. You can read the UArizona UANews press release HERE, and the Sky & Telescope article HERE.

Quoting from the UArizona press release: A new instrument mounted atop a telescope in Arizona aimed its robotic array of 5,000 fiber-optic “eyes” at the night sky to capture the first images of its unique view of galaxy light. It was the first test of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, or  DESI, which is designed to explore the mystery of dark energy that makes up about 68% of the universe and is speeding up its expansion.

"DESI will give us a three-dimensional map of galaxies, quasars and intergalactic gas over a very large part of the...

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