San Diego State University has received the largest donation to a single department in the university’s history, a $14 million gift to the Department of Astronomy.
On behalf of the international team of 60 investigators, including SDSU astronomers William Welsh and Jerome Orosz, the work was presented by researcher Veselin Kostov at the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu on January 6.
Former astronaut and Director of the Johnson Space Center, Ellen Ochoa, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at SDSU. “I could not have imagined this career when I was a student at San Diego State…” Ochoa credits one of her former physics professors, Jeffrey Davis, with helping steer her into her interest…
Astronomers have discovered a third planet in the Kepler-47 system, securing the system’s title as the most interesting of the binary-star worlds. Using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, a team of researchers, led by astronomers at San Diego State University, detected the new Neptune-to-Saturn-size planet orbiting between two previously known planets.