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51 Pegasi b Fellowship: Building Community

The 51 Pegasi b Fellowship supports early-career planetary astronomers for up to four years. The Foundation strives to create community among the fellows by providing opportunities for professional development, collaboration, and networking. One such opportunity is the annual 51 Pegasi b summit that brings together current fellows, fellow alumni, university faculty members, observatory staff, and …

Foundation Advisory Board Member And NASA’s NuSTAR

Heising-Simons Foundation Science Advisory Board Member, Dr. Fiona Harrison— the Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Physics, Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair, Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at California Institute of Technology—is also renowned for being principal investigator for NASA’s NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) mission.

NuSTAR Celebrates 10 Years in Space

Principal Investigator (PI) and Scientific Advisory Board member at NASA’s NuSTAR program, Fiona Harrison, helped celebrate 10-years in space with an exciting video detailing the program’s accomplishments over the years. The flagship mission has made numerous discoveries of extreme cosmic objects including black holes, supernova remnants, pulsars, and the Sun to name a few.

Eight Early-Career Scientists Awarded 51 Pegasi b Fellowship

The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s 51 Pegasi b Fellowship(link) recipients. The eight early-career scientists were selected based on their outstanding research achievements, innovative research plans, and potential to impact the field of planetary astronomy. 

Introducing Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez as Program Officer for Science

We are excited to announce the addition of our newest member to the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Science program!

Supporting Women and Gender Minority Graduate Students in Physics

The Foundation is supporting the Advancing Graduate Leadership Conference in Physics program that aims to expand networking, provide professional development, and support women, gender minority graduate and post doctorate students in seeking leadership roles in physics.

Rachael Roettenbacher and Fellow Yale Astronomers Develop Breakthrough Technique in Search of Earth-like Planets

An international team of researchers at Yale University led by 51 Pegasi b Fellow Rachael Roettenbacher and astronomers Sam Cabot and Debra Fischer have developed a breakthrough technique to search for Earth-like planets in other solar systems. The new technique uses a combination of data from ground-based and orbiting telescopes to distinguish between light signals …

Introducing Emily Schaller as Program Officer for Science

We are excited to announce the addition of our newest member to the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Science program! Emily Schaller joined the Science team as a program officer on August 30, 2021, focused on astronomy, cosmology, climate change science, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. For the past decade, Emily has served as a NASA program manager …

New Science Grant Expands Opportunity for Astronomers to Explore Potential of Vera C. Rubin Observatory

  The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to announce a grant of just under $900,000 to provide scientists in astronomy with the opportunity to kickstart research programs in time for the highly anticipated opening of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in 2024. The grant is managed by Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO), a global robotic telescope network …