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Marc Aaronson, Steward Dome, Vasily Belokurov

18th Marc Aaronson Memorial Lectureship

Our 2015 Marc Aaronson Memorial Lectureship has been awarded to Dr Vasily Belokurov of the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, UK. Dr Belokurov will be giving a Steward/NOAO professional colloquium on October 22, and will be giving the public lecture Friday night, Oct 23, at 7:30pm, in Steward N210 on the UA Campus. He will also be feted by Marianne Kun (Aaronson) on October 24.
The Aaronson committee commended Dr Belokurov for his work leading to the discovery of more than 10 Milky Way companion galaxies, for his work on star streams culminating in the "Field of Streams", and for his work (with students) on measuring the structure, size, and density distribution of the Milky Way halo. Dr Belokurov is one of the experts on data mining of large surveys.
In order to create a fitting tribute to the memory of Marc Aaronson, his family, friends, and colleagues have established and privately endowed the Marc Aaronson Memorial Lectureship to promote and recognize excellence in astronomical research. The Lectureship and cash prize are awarded every eighteen months to an individual or group who, by his or her passion for research and dedication to excellence, has produced a body of work in observational astronomy which has resulted in a significant deepening of our understanding of the universe. Any living scientist is eligible for this award without consideration of race, sex, or nationality, although prime consideration is given to someone within 15 years of their Doctorate. Marc was 10 years past his doctorate when he died at age 36.


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