.New results from the Dark Energy Survey use the largest ever sample of galaxies over an enormous piece of the sky to produce the most precise measurements of the universe’s composition and growth to date. See SLAC press article here. This result featured the work of many current and former members of the GFC group, including Alex Amon, Matt Becker, Simon Birrer, Joe DeRose, Daniel Gruen, Elisabeth Krause, Jessie Muir, Eduardo Rozo, and Chun-Hao To.
Congrats to Ethan Nadler, who successfully defended his dissertation "Faint Galaxies and Small Halos: Probes of Galaxy Formation and Dark Matter"
One of the first students from the GFC group, Peter Behroozi (PhD 2012) has just been awarded tenure at the University of Arizona. Congrats to Peter for his many many accomplishments!
Major congrats to Marc Williamson and Benjamin Lehmann on graduating from Stanford!
Ben and Mark both worked with my group for the past few years and both completed undergraduate thesis this spring.
Marc worked with me, Yao-Yuan Mao, & Phil Marshall to constrain the mass of the Milky Way using the positions and motions of its neighbor galaxies (M31, M33, and the LMC). Marc will be taking the next year to travel and do research (including with my collaborators at ETH Zurich) before applying to graduate school at New York University.
Ben worked with me, Yao-Yuan Mao, & Matt Becker on a new model for the galaxy-halo connection which extends previous techniques for abundance matching to include concentration dependence. Ben will stay at Stanford this year to do a co-terminal Masters in Statistics, and will start graduate school at UCSC in Fall 2016.
Best of luck to both of them in their new adventures!
News, papers, and tidbits from Risa and her Galaxy Formation and Cosmology Group at KIPAC / Stanford University.