Check out this great piece from the Perspectives Newsletter about our 2014 Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities.
“University of Washington astronomer Eric Agol played a key role in the windfall of 715 new exoplanets announced by NASA Feb. 26. Agol was on a team that found seven of those worlds, all in orbit around the same star, Kepler-90. It’s the first planetary system with seven planets seen to transit, or cross in front of their host star.
Agol, colleague Josh Carter of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and co-authors discovered the multiple planets (though other teams published findings before them) and helped confirm the high likelihood that the grouping is in fact a planetary system. News reports note that an amateur astronomer assisted in identifying the seventh planet.”
Read the press release here.
Today’s edition of The Daily features an article by Kirsten Allen on the Undergraduate Research Program, including brief profiles of three of our Undergraduate Research Leaders. Check it out!
Atmospheric scientist Dan Jaffe tonight will present the first results of a crowd-funded study of train emissions, conducted with four undergraduates from the Seattle and Bothell campuses and funded by public donations.
Jaffe will present first results from the study in a public talk at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 at UW Bothell. The results measure the amount of small- and medium-sized particles released by different types of trains in Seattle and in the Columbia River Gorge. He will give a second, more technical presentation of the results at the UW Seattle campus Friday, Nov. 22 at 3:30 p.m. in Johnson Hall 75.