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blazarJuly 12, 2018: David Williams, SCIPP Member, adjunct professor of physics at UC Santa Cruz, and a member of the VERITAS collaboration, quoted in UCSC news story: "VERITAS supplies critical piece to neutrino discovery puzzle Potential connection between blazar and neutrino detection by IceCube observatory marks a new advance in multi-messenger astrophysics".
Peter-Bill-SteveJune 11, 2018: Perspectives on 10 Years of Discovery with Fermi: By capturing the most energetic light in the sky, the spacecraft continues to teach us about the mysteries of the universe. By Peter Michelson, and SCIPP Members, William Atwood and Steven Ritz.
GLASTJune 11, 2018: Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD), At Last GLAST: Image Credit: NASA, DOE, Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope Collaboration. Explanation: Rising through a billowing cloud of smoke, a long time ago from a planet very very close by, this Delta II rocket left Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's launch pad 17-B at 12:05 pm EDT on June 11, 2008. Snug in the payload section was GLAST, the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope. GLAST's detector technology was developed for use in terrestrial particle accelerators. So from orbit, GLAST can detect gamma-rays from extreme environments above the Earth and across the distant Universe, including supermassive black holes at the centers of distant active galaxies, and the sources of powerful gamma-ray bursts. Those formidable cosmic accelerators achieve energies not attainable in earthbound laboratories. Now known as the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, on the 10 year anniversary of its launch, let the Fermi Science Playoffs begin.
Fermi_thumb June 8, 2018: Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is the Fermi Science Playoffs image, in honor of Fermi's upcoming 10-year launch Anniversary, next Monday, June 11, 2018! Fermi Science Playoffs Image Credit: NASA, DOE, International Fermi LAT Collaboration, Jay Friedlander (Goddard Spaceflight Center)
adele_2 May 21, 2018: SCIPP Member, Professor David Smith, and SCIPP alumni graduate students, Dr. Greg Bowers and Dr. Nicole Kelly, in the UCSC News with ADELE, "Lightning in the eyewall of a hurricane beamed antimatter toward the ground". !

AESOP_thumbMay 13, 2018: AESOP-Lite, the cosmic rays experiment SCIPP Members, Professor Robert Johnson, and Graduate Student Sarah Mechbal, have been working on, with a group at the University of Delaware, should** be launching from Esrange, Sweden at 0000 UTC (3.00pm PST) for a 5 days flight to Northern Canada. It is possible for everyone to watch the live stream (already going) provided by the Swedish Space Corporation, and to track the trajectory of our payload across the stratosphere.

**There is always a chance the launch may get moved to another date if the winds pick up. Please check the website for more information! Wish them luck!

christian_johnsonSCIPP Graduate Student Christian Johnson was a panelist, with other astrophysics luminaries, at the recent Silicon Valley Comic Con!
Face_recognitionApril 23, 2018: SCIPP Member, Professor Joel Primack, in the UCSC News: "Face recognition for galaxies: Artificial intelligence brings new tools to astronomy: A 'deep learning' algorithm trained on images from cosmological simulations has been surprisingly successful at classifying real galaxies in Hubble images".
Bruce Schumm Congratulations to SCIPP Member, Physics Professor, and Project Lead, Bruce Schumm, for the Winter/Spring 2018 Launchpad grant award! Prof. Schumm, and fellow PI's Simone Mazza and Hartmut Sadrozinski, applied for funding for their project Radiation Hardened AC-Ultra-Fast Silicon Detector (UFSD) through "Launchpad" which is part of the UC Santa Cruz SPLICE program, funded by the State of California Assembly Bill (AB) 2664 innovation and entrepreneurship program.

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Updated: July 12, 2018


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