The High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) has announced its selection for an outstanding new Ph.D. dissertation in the field of high-energy astrophysics.
This year's winner is Jeanette Gladstone for her thesis entitled "Optical & X-ray Studies of Ultraluminous X-ray Sources," work that was done while she was at Durham University in the United Kingdom. This research sheds new light on the previously unknown life cycle of mysterious black holes and may have implications for the role of black holes in the evolution of entire galaxies.
"Receiving this award is quite an honor," said Dr. Gladstone, now a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta in Canada. "I'm very much looking forward to continuing my research in this exciting area of astrophysics."
The winner of the prize receives a certificate, a cash award of $1,000, and an invitation to give a 30-minute invited talk at the semi-annual HEAD meeting. The HEAD meeting is currently being held in Newport, Rhode Island, where hundreds of scientists are in attendance.
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More information on the HEAD dissertation prize: http://www.aas.org/head/dissertation_prize/dissertation.prize.html
Details of the Newport HEAD meeting: http://www.confcon.com/head2011/