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.


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. 


Staff volunteer in county wide road clean-up

The Pocahontas County Convention & Visitors Bureau Make It Shine road clean-up campaign is underway with a goal of 125+ miles to be covered.  Motorists in the area should be cautious of people picking up trash next to the roadways and please slow down. This county wide effort will take place over the next two weeks of late April in to May.


Observatory staff lead new sustainability intiatives

The Green Bank Observatory employees established a sustainability committee in late 2020 to develop new initiatives for local residents to improve their environment and their lives.

See more here.

GBT@20 Data Image Contest Winners Announced

We are very excited to announce the winners to our GBT@20 contest, using actual GBT data to create images!

First Place: Annika Kreikenbohm, a still from a 3D mapping/animation of the maser disk in galaxy NGC 1194, culminating from 7 years of data.

Second Place: Kat Barger, a still from a3D mapping/animation of Complex A, a high velocity gas cloud, and its Hydrogen gas distribution that rotates through position and velocity maps.

Third Place: Preet Agnihotri, with GBT data adapted into a composite image and sonification.

Honorable Mention: Preet Agnihotri, with more GBT data adapted into a composite image and sonification.

Honorable Mention: A composite image created by Emily Moravec.

Honorable Mention: Jeremy Thorley, who produced a 3D printed lamp using GBT data and Observatory logo.