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Archive – December 2010

Dr. Charlie Conroy was awarded the 2010 Distinguished CGI/ProQuest/UMI Dissertation Award in Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering by the Council of Graduate Schools at their annual meeting in Washington DC in December. Dr. Conroy completed his dissertation "Stellar Population Synthesis for the Future" under the guidance of Jim Gunn in April 2010 and is currently a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows, Harvard University
December 6, 2010 Benjamin Clark, 15, a senior at Penn Manor High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, won first place in the prestigious Siemens Competition for a project entitled "The Close Binary Fraction: A Bayesian Analysis of SDSS M  Dwarf Spectra". Clark  worked under the supervision of Cullen Blake, an NSF/Cotsen postdoctoral fellow in the department, and did much of his work during the summer of 2010 in Princeton. Using individual spectra of approximately 40,000 low-