Recent News and Press Releases
March 1, 2017The Battalion interviewed Professor DePoy about a recent discovery of seven earth-sized planets orbiting Trappist-1, a dwarf star about 40 light-years from Earth!
January 23, 2017There are several exciting science events happening this spring semester both worldwide and at Texas A&M! Read more!
November 4, 2016Professor Jennifer Marshall was recognized for recent outstanding accomplishments and selected as a recipient of the college's inaugural Leadership in Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Award at the college's annual Faculty-Staff Meeting and Awards Presentation! Read the full article here!
March 16, 2016Graduate student Ting Li has been awarded the prestigious Lederman Fellowship at Fermilab! Read more about the award and the work that earned Li this prestigious postdoctoral position!
February 26, 2016The detection of gravitational waves is an incredibly signifigant development in modern astronomy! Read how the research of A&M Professors DePoy, Marshall, and Macri is connected!
January 27, 2016The Mitchell Institute Star Parties appeared in a Battalion article, featuring an interview with Professor Jennifer Marshall on this unique opportunity for students and members of the public alike to view interesting celestial targets chosen by professional astronomers! For future star party dates and weather updates see here.
November 12, 2015The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization broke ground this week at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile! With a 25 meter diameter the GMT will be the world's largest telescope when it comes online in 2021. Read more about the project and A&M's substantial involvement as a founder from The A&M College of Science, Ars Technica, and The Battalion. Para el español, lea Diario El Día.
October 1, 2015Mitchell Institute Star Parties were featured in the Battalion! View future Star Party times/locations here.
September 28, 2015The Building Astronomy in Texas event hosted at A&M, and organized by faculty (and instrumentation lab) member Dr. Jennifer Marshall, marked a milestone for astronomy across the state: with astronomers from 18 Texas institutions assembling for the event. Read more on the front page of the Houston Chronicle!
September 8, 2015Professor Jennifer Marshall was named a Montague-CTE Scholar by the Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence! This honor, recognizing her work on Undergraduate Astronomy courses at A&M, was highlighted in Texas A&M Today.
September 2, 2015Texas A&M's involvment in the Dark Energy Survey was highlighted in The Battalion The article features interviews with Professors Suntzeff, DePoy, and Marshall.
August 28, 2015Texas A&M will be hosting the Building Astronomy in Texas workshop September 26-27. A&M Professors Jennifer Marshall and Lucas Macri are coordinating organization for the workshop, set to coincide with the Texas Astronomy Undergraduate Research Symposium September 25th. Read more!
August 17, 2015Professor Jennifer Marshall and graduate students Ting Li and Katelyn Stringer are among the authors of a Dark Energy Survey paper announcing 8 dwarf satellite galaxy candidates! Read the full article here!
July 30, 2015Astronomy REU students featured in multiple videos describing their projects and accomplishments! Learn more
July 15, 2015Labors of the Lab featured Dan Nagasawa discussing stellar spectroscopy, cosmic surveys, and related instrumentation! Watch the video below, and read more here!
June 7 , 2015Construction has begun at the Giant Magellan Telescope site in Chile, an important milestone for a hugely signifigant project with substantial A&M involvement! Read more from the Eagle and research.tamu.edu and check out Munnerlyn Lab's contributions to the Giant Magellan Telescope!
March 31 , 2015Munnerlyn Lab's weekly group meetings were noted for their unusual efficiency following Shana Hutchin's interview with Ting Li! Read the full post!
March 23, 2015The College of Science interviewed graduate student Ting Li, asking her about her research and work at Munnerlyn Lab! Read the full article!
March 15, 2015The first of many papers using data from the Dark Energy Survey were published recently. Professor Strigari, of Texas A&M was among the authors that identified two satellite galaxy candidates. A&M Professors Depoy and Marshall, as well as graduate student Li, played crucial roles in the development of the instrumentation used. Read more from the Eagle.
March 6, 2015The Texas A&M Board of Regents has approved the revised Founders' agreement of the Giant Magellan Telescope Corporation, once again confirming A&M's commitment to astronomy research and instrumentation. Read more!
March 4, 2015Ting Li has become the first graduate student to be awarded DES Builder status in recognition of her contributions to the Dark Energy Survey. Li will now be listed as an author on all DES papers!
February 20, 2015Labors of the Lab featured Nicholas Mondrik, who discusses data driven science and his favorite aspects of astronomy!
February 12, 2015The Texas A&M Board of Regents unaminously approved an additional $22 million in funding for the Giant Magellen Telescope, raising A&M's contribution to $50 million and entitling the University to signifigant influence on the project. Read more from the Battalion and its Editorial Board.
January 29, 2015Texas A&M has been admitted to the prestigious Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy. A&M's admission was due to achievements in astronimical fields including instrumentation!
January 22, 2015A series of recent donations have enabled the 11 partner institutions of the Giant Magellan Telescope to step up hiring and site preperation for what will be the world's largest telescope. Texas A&M has contributed over $28 million, and a February 12th Board of Regents meeeting will discuss financing the remainder of A&M's planned $50 million contribution. Read more from the Battalion and the College of Science!
December 5, 2014The Texas A&M College of Science selected Instrumentation as one of its impact areas! These are the college's foremost strengths and are of national prominence.
November 30, 2014Texas A&M's Physics and Astronomy Teaching Observatory was ranked 3rd amongst university observatories across the nation by College Rank! The observatory, managed by Don Carona, features 16 and 20 inch telescopes, as well as a classroom and student observation deck. Read more at the Eagle.
November 19, 2014Dr. Jennifer Marshall was recognized by the Texas A&M Science Department for her recent success in obtaining a quarter-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to fund her study of M dwarf star composition. Hers was among the 16% of projects awarded a grant in the NSF's competitive process.
October 30, 2014Now that VIRUS is being installed at McDonald Observatory for its role in HETDEX, the Texas A&M College of Science spoke with members of the Munnerlyn Lab for an inside perspective!
October 29, 2014Graduate Student Ting Li's Atmospheric Transmission Monitoring Camera (aTmCam), its installation, and its creation were profiled in a recent article which also featured on phys.org. To read more about aTmCam, click here.
August 6, 2014During Summer 2014, the Instrumentation Lab had seven undergraduates from across the country participate in its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. To learn more about the REU program, click here.
September 4, 2013The Dark Energy Survey (DES) Project, an effort more than ten years in the making, launched. To read more about the project and its goals, click here.
September 4, 2013Dr. Darren DePoy was interviewed by The Eagle about his efforts on the DES Project. To read the interview and learn more about the project, click here.
December 10-14, 2012Several Texas A&M employees have worked to collaborate on the DES Project. Click here to read more about the project and here to see a picture of the collaborators.
September 2012Congratulations Emily Boster on receiving the prestigious 2012 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award!
September 14, 2012Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy hosted a Research Symposium for Undergraduate Astronomy students. Click here to see the list of speackers.
May 31, 2012Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy will host a public event to watch the transit of Venus on June 5. Read about it here and check out our poster.
April 3, 2012Dr. Suntzeff and Dr. Marshall shed light on Texas A&M's role in the GMT and our plans for building GMACS in an article featured in The Battalion today.
March 25, 2012Congratulations to Tyler Behm for placing 1st in the poster competition for Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics and Materials Sciences at Student Research Week!
March 20, 2012Congratulations to Ryan Oelkers for being awarded an NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship to study exoplanets at Nanjing University in China this summer!
January 20, 2012Star Parties will be hosted on the first Thursday of every month this semester! See our flyer for more information.
January 14, 2012The second mirror for the GMT is cast at Steward Mirror Laboratory in Tucson, Arizona. Read the article from an Arizona newspaper Check out some videos and images of the glass melting, here. Listen to NPR's All Things Considered discuss the event. NPR also explains how the world's largest mirrors are made, here.
November 30, 2011Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Marshall for receiving the Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Award for mentoring. Read about the ceremony here.
November 22, 2011Dr. DePoy and Dr. Marshall explain Texas A&M's role in VIRUS. Read the article in TAMUtimes.
November 17, 2011Come check out our Star Parties! We will be hosting them monthly in Spring 2012.
October 18, 2011Dr. Darren DePoy and Graduate Student Ryan Oelkers were interviewed about the search for exoplanets in the Battalion.
October 17, 2011Dr. Jennifer Marshall is featured this week on McDonald Observatory's "What are Astronomers Doing?"