The University of Oxford Centre for Astrophysical Surveys has been established with the help of a £1.5m gift from the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation established by businessman and philanthropist Sir Michael Hintze.
The Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society has awarded Edmund Highcock its prize for the best PhD thesis of 2012. Edmund, whose supervisor was Alex Schekochihin, is currently a Fellow by Examination of Magdalen College and works in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics. His thesis was entitled "The zero turbulence manifold of fusion plasmas".
Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics researchers feature strongly as contributors to the first edition of the new series of the BBC's Sky at Night programme on BBC4 presented by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Oxford Astrophysics's Chris Lintott.
On 23rd January at the Rutherford Appleton laboratory, over 200 people gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Godfrey Stafford, who was Director of the Laboratory from 1969 till 1981, and who died last July at the age of 93.
Stafford was one of the leaders in the creation of the Laboratory, and in the diversification of its role to meet the evolving needs of Big Science.
Distinguished Astrophysicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, FRS, FRSE, MRIA will succeed Sir John Arbuthnott MRIA as the newly elected President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) starting October 2014.
Commenting on the election, Sir John said, "I am delighted to welcome Dame Jocelyn as my successor.
Chris Lintott has been awarded the Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize of the American Astronomical Society for the creation of the Zooniverse. The award is in recognition of the citizen science programs at Zooniverse.org, which have led nearly a million people to discover and classify galaxies, planets and star clusters.
The first project, Galaxy Zoo, was launched in 2007 and we now support more than twenty projects in astronomy and other disciplines.
The Fowler Prize in Astronomy has been awarded to Dr Joanna Dunkley from Astrophysics at the University of Oxford.
Joanna has played a leading role in a number of high profile experiments measuring anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background. These include the NASA WMAP satellite, the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and most recently, the ESA Planck satellite. A key characteristic of her research is her application of advanced statistical techniques to complex data.
Oxford Physicist Henry Snaith has been named one of Nature magazine's 10 people who mattered this year for his pioneering work on a new type of solar cell based on perovskite semiconductors which promise high energy conversion efficiency together with low fabrication costs.