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Buell Jannuzi, Head of the Department of Astronomy and Director of Steward Observatory, receives the 2024 Distinguished Head/Director’s Award from the University of Arizona

Steward Observatory’s Buell Jannuzi wins UArizona’s Distinguished Head/Director’s Award

This week, Buell Jannuzi, Head of the Department of Astronomy and Director of Steward Observatory, receives University of Arizona’s Distinguished Head/Director’s Award, an honor that reflects his abilities as a leader to engender trust, foster collaboration, and recruit and retain a diverse community of high-achieving staff, students and faculty.

"We are extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated and effective leader for Steward Observatory and the Department of Astronomy,” said Regents’ Professor George Rieke. “In a limited-funding, highly-constrained environment he has, nevertheless, managed to extend and expand the ambition of the faculty and staff of the department and increase our global reach and impact.”

The Distinguished Head/Director’s Award was created in 2021—an award underpinned by UArizona’s values of integrity, compassion, exploration, adaptation, inclusion, and determination. The quality and reputation of the University of Arizona has been significantly raised by contributions of those heads and directors whose vision, courage, standards, and effectiveness have been transformative. This award recognizes such uncommon...

Steward Observatory’s Marcia Rieke Wins Prestigious Gruber Cosmology Prize

The 2024 Gruber Cosmology Prize recognizes Marcia Rieke of the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory for her pioneering work in infrared astronomy, especially her oversight of instruments allowing astronomers to explore the earliest galaxies in the universe.

Rieke will receive the $500,000 award as well as a gold laureate pin at a ceremony that will take place August 8 at the General Assembly of the International...

Steward Observatory PhD Alum Jane Rigby Receives the Presidential Medal of Honor

Today, Dr. Jane Rigby (PhD in Astronomy at University of Arizona, 2006) receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden. This is the highest civilian award of the United States, and it honors Rigby’s role in the success of the James Webb Space Telescope mission and her longtime support of diversity and inclusion in science.

Rigby and her team at Goddard Space Flight Center played a major role in the smooth transfer of JWST from commissioning to routine science. Rigby worked on the development of JWST for many years and subsequently led the characterization of JWST's science performance — which now is exceeding expectations and continues to provide pioneering...

Congratulations to the CatSat team for a successful satellite integration at Vandenberg Space Force Base. Next step: orbit!

 At dawn on April 24, 2024, a student-led team from the University of Arizona climbed into a vehicle headed 660 miles across state lines to ...

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