Tuesday, July 3, 2007

My Sister Turns Her X-ray Vision on Hawaii

I have to give a (belated) applauding post to my older sister Ann, who, even more impressive than enduring sixteen years or so in the same house with me, was awarded the Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy this past May. The award was presented in Hawaii, which means she not only gets to be of enviable intellect, but of enviable intellect while IN HAWAII.

From Nasa's site:

"Hornschemeier's award was for her research on X-ray emission from normal galaxies. This X-ray emission arises from several phenomena, including binary star systems that are composed of black holes, neutron stars and normal stars. X-ray emission from normal galaxies also includes contributions from hot gas that often fills a large fraction of the galaxies. She uses the Chandra and XMM-Newton spacecrafts in her research, as well as data from the Hubble Space Telescope, GALEX, Spitzer and ground-based facilities. The award citation reads: 'She is a leader in her field as demonstrated by her energetic advocacy of X-ray astronomy and her important role in defining the scientific rationale for the Constellation-X mission.'"

The American Astronomical Society hasn't updated their site as of this post, but you can read about the award and see the full (and up to date) list of recipients here.

And here's a press release referencing her (Ann's) recent work with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Congratulations, Ann!

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