Department of Astronomy & Physics
Graduate student Dan Majaess receives award.
At the joint AAS/AAVSO meeting in Boston Ph.D. graduate student Dan Majaess was awarded the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Graduate Student Award for his poster paper "Securing the Distance Scale Via a Universal Wesenheit VI Template and Deep Infrared ZAMS." His research, with Professor David Turner and Dave Lane, involves developing a framework to bolster the precision of the astronomical distance scale, which includes deriving improved distances to nearby galaxies and the center of the Milky Way. Also attending were Dan's supervisor, Professor David Turner, and former SMU astronomy graduate students, Hilding Neilson, Kevin Douglas, Nick MacDonald, and Louise Edwards.