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2020 Zhenyi Scholarship awarded to Dr. Xiaochen Zheng

The 2020 Zhenyi Scholarship was held on Oct. 8th. Ms. Tao Fei, the sponsor of the Zhenyi Scholarship, attended the event together with graduate and undergraduate students, postdocs and faculty members of the DoA. Prof. Feng Hua introduced the purpose of establishing the Zhenyi Scholarship. Ms. Tao presented the prize to Dr. Zheng Xiaochen, the winner of this year's Zhenyi Scholarship, for her work on the dynamics of extrasolar planets and determination to pursue a career in astronomy. Afterwards, all participants shared their experiences, especially their perseverance required for female scholars to pursue a research career in the fundamental sciences. Finally, all female scholars of the DoA took a group photo.

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Department of Astronomy welcomes new graduate students

The opening ceremony unveiled a new chapter for the incoming postgraduates of the Department of Astronomy (DoA) on August 26. The DoA welcomed 11 postgraduates this year, 4 females and 7 males, all wearing a specially-designed DoA T-shirt. The meeting was moderated by Hua Feng, the deputy chair of the Department, and was also attended by faculty members Chris Ormel, Tipei Li, Shude Mao, Yi Mao, Dandan Xu, Sharon Wang, and selected senior students.

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2020 strategic meeting held to discuss the future of the Department of Astronomy

The Department of Astronomy (DoA) held its 2020 annual strategic meeting on Friday, August 7 to discuss the future of DoA. A total of 11 faculty and staff members joined the meeting either on-site or online.

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DOA approved as a first level discipline PhD granting institute

On March 30, 2020, the State Council Academic Degrees Committee formally approved the Department of Astronomy at Tsinghua University as a first level discipline PhD granting institute.

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Tsinghua Vice President Xue Qikun visits DoA

In the morning of March 6, 2020, Tsinghua University Vice President XUE Qikun visited the Department of Astronomy (DoA) to inspect the work under Coronavirus epidemic since its outbreak in early 2020. Chair of DoA, MAO Shude, first introduced general information of DoA students, then briefed in details regarding recent work of epidemic prevention and control, and employment promotion plan for graduates. Prof. LI Cheng who have two graduate students graduating this year, added with more details regarding their career interests and future employment planning. DoA colloquium organizer, Prof. CAI Zheng, also briefed the Vice President about the change from traditional colloquium to online colloquium; it turns out attendee numbers increased by 20%.

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CNSA officials visited Tsinghua to discuss the HUBS project

The Deputy Director of the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA), Mr. WU Yanhua, led a delegation to visit Tsinghua University on Dec. 13, 2019, specifically to discuss a proposed China-led international space project, known as the Hot Universe Baryon Surveyor (HUBS), for X-ray astronomy. Accompanied by Vice President YOU Zheng, Deputy Director Wu and other CNSA officials visited the Low-Temperature Detector (LTD) Laboratory, which is housed in the Department of Astronomy, and learned about the status of detector development for HUBS, which is funded by the China Natural Science Foundation.

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INQUIRIES OF HEAVEN: Exoplanets & Extraterrestrial Life

The first lecture of "INQUIRIES OF HEAVEN" forum of Tsinghua University Public Lecture series, "Exoplanets & Extraterrestrial Life", took place in the auditorium of Tsinghua University on the evening of November 15, 2019, as scheduled. Prof. LIN Chao, a famous astrophysicist, Prof. ZHU Ting, School of life, Tsinghua University, and MS. HAO Jingfang, a popular science fiction writer who won the Hugo Award, were invited as guests. Prof. MAO Shude, head of the Department of Astronomy, Tsinghua University, was the host. Although the weather was cold, the atmosphere was very active. More than 500 people attended the lecture, and more than 3800 people listened to the lecture online through the live network platform.

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Recruitment procedures for PhD students 2020

The recruitment procedures and admission list for DoA PhD students in 2020 can be found here.

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Logo for the Department of Astronomy

Department of Astronomy (DoA) of Tsinghua University is announcing its logo today. The logo is designed to be an abstract from a common phenomenon in the Universe — a spiral disk and associated jets, which can be found in many astronomical  systems including proto-stellar systems, accreting black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and galaxies, ranging across a huge scale in mass, size, and energy. The "spiral disk" in the logo implies the accretion of knowledge and convergence of talents, while the "jet" represents the extension of research, discoveries to the unknowns, as well as feedback to the community and society.

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2019 DoA and THCA Welcome Party

The Department of Astronomy, Tsinghua University held "2019 DoA and THCA Welcome Party" on 22 Aug 2019. New coming graduate students and postdocs, senior student representatives as well as the THCA faculty members participated.

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Wandering Earth

The 25th “New Worlds, New Horizons” Public Astronomy Lecture took place in the Xijie lecture hall of Tsinghua University on Apr. 17th, 2019. It was delivered by Dr. GOU Lijun from the National Astronomical Observatory, Dr. YU Jun (Steed) from GuoKr.com, and Prof. MAO Shude from the Tsinghua University. It attracted a large amount of audience on site and over one hundred fifty thousand online viewers via the Tencent News live broadcast.

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THCA Annual Report 2018

On 14th of March, 2019, the Tsinghua Center for Astrophysics (THCA) released its Annual Report for the year 2018, which is publicly available at the THCA website.

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