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Astronomy retiree Arnold Klemola establishes endowment for graduate students

Feb 3, 2016 Gift of $400,000 establishes the James Keeler Fund for Excellence in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Exoplanet atmospheres range from clear to cloudy in survey of 'hot Jupiters'

Dec 14, 2015 A survey of Jupiter-sized exoplanets reveals why some of these worlds appear to have less water than expected.

UC Santa Cruz hosts international summer program on exoplanetary atmospheres

Dec 1, 2015 The 2016 Kavli Summer Program in Astrophysics will focus on 'Exoplanetary Atmospheres.'

Astrophysicist Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz to participate in new research initiative

Oct 22, 2015 Fellows chosen for a "Time Domain Astrophysics" Scialog initiative include six with UC Santa Cruz connections.

How a black hole swallows a star: new observations confirm theory

Oct 21, 2015 New details about what happens when a black hole tears apart a star have been gathered by x-ray telescopes.

Big ideas

Oct 19, 2015 From saving falcons to peering into the universe, sequencing the human genome, and putting organic food on American tables, UC Santa Cruz has become known as the small university where big things happen.

Study finds different ways for a black hole to swallow a star

Sep 10, 2015 When a star passes too close to a dormant supermassive black hole, it gets torn apart by tidal forces.

Astronomy alumni join Chancellor Blumenthal in panel discussion Sept. 26

Sep 8, 2015 Three distinguished alumni and a current grad student join Chancellor Blumenthal to discuss astronomy, space, and discovery

Astronomer Claire Max appointed director of UC Observatories

Aug 24, 2015 UC President Janet Napolitano has appointed UC Santa Cruz astronomer Claire Max as director of UC Observatories.

Astronomers use new instrument to discover young Jupiter-like planet

Aug 13, 2015 Five UC Santa Cruz astronomers were involved in the first planet discovery by the Gemini Planet Imager.

Astrophysicist Piero Madau awarded prestigious international research chair

Aug 4, 2015 Piero Madau, distinguished professor of astronomy and astrophysics, has been appointed to an International Blaise Pascal Research Chair.

Warhol Foundation grant goes to Institute of the Arts and Sciences project

Jul 23, 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded a $30,000 grant to support an innovative artist residency and exhibition developed by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS) at UC Santa Cruz and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in San Jose--in collaboration with the UC Lick Observatory.

Astronomer Douglas N.C. Lin receives prestigious Bruce Gold Medal

Jul 9, 2015 Lin will receive the 2015 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

Robert P. Kraft, eminent astronomer and former director of UC Observatories, dies at age 87

May 28, 2015 Kraft was a widely recognized researcher and a gifted administrator who helped guide astronomy into the modern era.

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