NANOGrav & Green Bank Telescope Poised to Make Groundbreaking Discoveries of Gravitational Wave Universe

Moore Foundation supports development of new Ultra Wideband technologies & increases observation time    

Since 2019, the Gordon and Betty Moore foundation has provided two awards totaling $3.5 million to the development of new Ultra Wideband technologies and observation time for NANOGrav on the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (pictured left.) The fabrication of the new Ultra Wideband feed is complete and it is now undergoing testing (picture right).
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A New Era for Green Bank Observatory, Dr. James M. Jackson Named Director

Dr. James M. Jackson pictured with the Green Bank Telescope, photographed on a trip in 2017.

The Green Bank Observatory (GBO) enters a new era of leadership in October. Dr. James M. Jackson, an internationally known astrophysicist, has accepted the role of director. 

After serving as director for 15 years, Dr. Karen O’Neil will join the scientific staff. O’Neil has led the Observatory since 2006, including overseeing the separation from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the successful transition to Green Bank Observatory in 2016. She looks forward to being a longstanding member of the Observatory staff and being a vital part of its continued growth. 

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Student Summer Research Programs at GBO & NRAO Get a Boost from Going Remote

Summer programs welcome highest-ever number of incoming students and mentors
A snapshot of summer students and mentors during a virtual session. Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF

The summer research programs at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) kicked off in May 2021 with a significant increase in participation. This year’s program welcomed 65 students across all partner locations, a nearly 67-percent increase over the prior year. NRAO and the Green Bank Observatory (GBO) also welcomed 45 mentors to the summer programs—a record number—many of whom are first-time or early-career mentors.

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Four Children of GBO Staff Among Recipients of 2021 AUI Scholarship

AUI has selected the recipients of its 2021 AUI Scholarship, who each will be awarded a $3,500 renewable scholarship ($14,000 over four years to each scholar) to support their academic careers. Fourteen outstanding high school seniors were selected based on their academic achievement, community involvement, and leadership skills. 

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