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News and Announcements

Below you will find a list of our current news and announcements. If you are looking for past ones, please visit our Previous News and Announcements page.

2018 News and Announcements

January 2018

AAS Meeting - January 8-12, 2018, Washington D.C.

The talk "PICTURE-C: A NASA Balloon Mission to Directly Image Exozodiacal Dust Around Nearby Stars" by C. Mendillo, K. Hewawasam, G. A. Howe, J. Martel, S. Finn, T. Cook, and S. Chakrabarti will be presented.

2017 News & Announcements

DECEMBER 2017

AGU Meeting - December 11-15, 2017, New Orleans, LA

  • Supriya Chakrabarti will present the talk "Remote Sensing of the Upper Atmosphere and the Ionosphere in the Extreme and Far Ultraviolet:  Results from the LITES Experiment aboard the ISS".
  • George Geddes will present the poster "Validation of O+ Profiles Inverted from LITES EUV Spectral Images"

OCTOBER 2017

Supriya Chakrabarti named new director of undergraduate research opportunities and collaboration on October 10.

Tim Cook presented the talk LITES: Ultraviolet Aeronomy from the Space Station at ISR, Boston College on October 3.

Congratulations to our colleague Rainer Weiss, MIT Physicist on receiving the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Physics Colloquium and Space Physics Seminar Series Schedules:

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August 2017

ECLIPSE News

LionoANDMatt Photo by Katharine Webster

Undergraduate student co-op scholars Matthew Linnehan and Liono Kou are pictured here with an early SPACE HAUC CubeSat model. The plan is for the satellite to be tested and completed by the end of 2017, with anticipated launch in 2018.

Supriya Chakrabarti presented the talk "The Limb Imaging Ionospheric and Thermospheric EUV Spectograph (LITEs): Early Results" at the 2017 Joint IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa in late August.

NASA Press Release: Here we share the press release of the Nature paper co-authored by Ofer Cohen -August 2, 2017

Chandra News

NASA Press Release "IC 10: A Starburst Galaxy with the Prospect of Gravitational Waves" - August 10, 2017

PICTURE C News

Glenn Howe presented the poster "The low-order wavefront control system for the PICTURE-C mission: Preliminary testbed results from the Shack-Hartmann sensor" and Kuravi Hewawasam presented the poster "The low-order wavefront control system for the PICTURE-C mission: High-speed image acquisition and processing"at SPIE while Chris Mendillo gave a talk.

SPAC HAUC Update

JULY 2017

June 2017

Two of our graduate student researchers presented posters at CEDAR 2017 Workshop - June 18-23, 2017 - Keystone, Colo.

  • Auroral energy and energy flux derivation using multi-spectral imaging, S. Aryal
  • Preliminary Results from LITES and Model Comparison, G. Geddes

MAY 2017

Several members of LoCSST participated in "Conversation Starter on Space Research" which was held May 10 and was hosted by Kennedy College of Sciences.  The inaugural event focused on space research and featured presentations from a panel, which were followed by information discussions in small groups.

Listen to a recording of the event!

NewScientist: Neutron stars that slow down could be eating ‘backwards’ gas - May 2, 2017 - Silas Laycock, Dimitris Christodoulou, and Jun Yang "In the News!"

APRIL 2017

Our SPAC HAUC student team presented at i2i - a day-long celebration of innovation and achievement on April 28. 

Spring 2017 Symposium - Space Exploration in the Upcoming Decade: The Domestication of Space: April 21-22

Leading visionaries, space scientists, astronauts and entrepreneurs from around the globe came together for a symposium that celebrated the 60-year anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1 and the beginning of the space age. Learn more.

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Advisory Board Meeting Presentation - Our SPAC HAUC student team presented their research at the April 20 Advisory Board meeting.

Forbes: Exo-Earths With Global Magnetic Fields Most Likely To Have Life - April 10

March 2017

Spring break student / faculty activities

Faculty, Students bring Astronomy Roadshow to Haiti Schoolchildren - March 24, 2017

Astronomy Roadshow in Haiti blog

Proxima Centauri News - Alien Planet Likely Can’t Support Life, Say Researchers - March 1, 2017

Congratulations to those recognized at the Faculty Symposium held March 2, 2017 at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center!

  • Supriya Chakrabarti - Co-Op and Emerging Scholars' Mentor, FY16 Total Expenditures by PI
  • Timothy Cook - 2016 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, FY16 Total Expenditures by PI
  • Silas Laycock - Membership in Transformational Education Committee 2015-2016. Research Accomplishments and Publications
  • Christopher Hansen - FY16 Total Expenditures by PI, Inventive Contributions Faculty who contributed the most invention disclosures, patents, etc.) and Core Research Facilities contributions/promoting service
Supriya

Supriya stands with Dr. Ajoy Ray, Director outside the workshop venue.

January 2017 - Supriya Chakrabarti Visits India

Supriya was invited to and delivered the keynote address at the conference “Recent Advances in Space Technology” which was organized by the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur on January, 16, 2017 at 3 p.m. Later that day, Supriya inaugurated the ‘Astrophel’, the Students Society for Space Club, and addressed the students on several topics related to Astrophysics and Space Technology.

LITES (Limb-imaging Ionospheric and Thermospheric Extreme-ultraviolet Spectrograph) is a compact imaging spectrograph for remote sensing of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere. LITES was built at UMass Lowell and will launch to the International Space Station from Kennedy Space Center on February 18, 2017.

LITES has launched!

LITES (Limb-imaging Ionospheric and Thermospheric Extreme-ultraviolet Spectrograph) is a compact imaging spectrograph for remote sensing of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere. LITES was built at UMass Lowell and launched to the International Space Station from Kennedy Space Center on February 19, 2017 9:38 a.m. EST.

Supriya Chakrabarti and Susanna Finn were present in Florida for the launch!  Susanna is the force behind LITES for UMass Lowell, LoCSST. Other team members include Prof. Timothy Cook and Jason Martel – our engineer. LITES will be collecting images of the ionosphere for 1-2 years and Physics graduate students Saurav Aryal and George Geddes will be analyzing the data. More details can be found on the Space Flight Now website.

Media coverage

Project Blue News

Earth as seen from space

September 6, 2017 - Daily Mail Online: The project to photograph a 'sister Earth': Astronomers reveal space telescope to scour Alpha Centauri system for planets like our own. The Project Blue team – made up of experts from non-profit exploration group the BoldlyGo Institute, UMass Lowell and the SETI Institute – must fund, build and launch the instrument.

UMass Lowell Physics Professor Supriya Chakrabarti helps Project Blue search for habitable worlds around the star system Alpha Centauri. Read the Project Blue story, understand the research or browse the national media attention.

Photo Gallery

Thanks to the University's photo gallery, you can see yourself in pictures!

Images from the latest campus and alumni events can be found online at the University's gallery. Departments can also use the gallery to post photographs to their websites.

Check out photos from Commencement, alumni gatherings, research symposia, River Hawks hockey bid in the Hockey East championships, students traveling abroad to help others, and many more.

For more information, contact Elaine Keough at 978-934-3325 or the Web Content Team at 978-934-3875.