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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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Talking about the Sun and solar activities

The 24th “New Worlds, New Horizons” Public Astronomy Lecture took place at 6C300, the No. 6 Teaching Building (the Yuyuan Building) in Tsinghua University on Dec. 1st, 2018. It was delivered by Professor WANG Jingxiu, from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. It attracted a large audience on site and over 1000 online viewers via the Tencent News live broadcast.

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Dark Matter and the First Stars in the Universe

The 23rd "New Worlds, New Horizons" Public Astronomy Lecture took place at Ming Li Building, Tsinghua University on Sept 28th, 2018. It was delivered by Prof Rennan Barkana from Tel Aviv University on dark matter and how it's implicated in observations of the first stars in the Universe. The lecture attracted over 200 listeners from various backgrounds, apart from about 6000 online viewers via Tencent News live broadcast.

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The Dark Ages and the Dawn of the Universe

On the night of May 11th, 2018, the 22nd session of the "New Worlds, New Horizons" Public Astronomy Lecture series-The Dark Ages and the Dawn of the Universe was held in the Back Hall Auditorium in the Main Building of Tsinghua University. The lecturer, Dr. Xuelei Chen is a leading researcher from the National Astronomical Observatory of China. The lecture attracted an audience of over 500, including students, teachers and the general public.

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Neutron Stars, viewed through Photons, Gravitational Waves and Neutrinos

On the night of March 30th, 2018, the 21st session of the "New Worlds, New Horizons" Public Lecture series was held in the Auditorium of Tsinghua University. The lecture was delivered by Prof. Peter Mascaros, Abelli Chair Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics of Pennsylvania State University. Nearly 300 people from Tsinghua University and elsewhere attended the lecture.


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THCA year-end meeting and AMD Award for graduate students

Monday 22nd of January, 2018, THCA held the 2017 year-end meeting. Graduate students and faculty members at THCA were invited to attend this yearly event. The meeting started at 9:00am with a two-hour session for graduate students to give oral presentations, summarizing their scientific research in 2017. As a result of this session, eight of the graduate students received the AMD Award for their significant progress made over the past year, as selected by a committee formed by six professors from THCA. A ceremony was then held for the awardees after a short Pizza party. Ms. Ping Le, Director of University Relations Division of the Advanced Micro Devices (China) Co., Ltd., donor of the Award, was invited to THCA for both the Pizza party and the award ceremony.

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Black Hole and AI: the Insight-HXMT Satellite

Tsinghua University "New World - New Horizon" twentieth astronomy public series lecture, "black hole and artificial intelligence: the Insight-HXMT satellite", was held in the evening of November 10, 2017 in the auditorium. The speaker was professor Tipei Li from Tsinghua University, academician of CAS. more than 500 interested students and professors attended the lecture.


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The not so quiet night sky

Tsinghua University "New World - New Horizon" nineteenth astronomy public series lecture, "A not so quiet night sky", was hold in the evening of November 10, 2017 in the auditorium.


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Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt talks at Tsinghua

In the morning of October 13, 2017, the Australian National University Vice-Chancellor and Nobel laureate in Physics (2011), Prof. Brian Schmidt visited Tsinghua University, President Yong Qiu met with Prof. Schmidt in the main building. After the meeting, Professor Schmidt delivered a lecture on "the State of the Universe", hosted by Professor Shude Mao, Director of Tsinghua center for Astrophysics. In his talk, Professor Schmidt told the audience how we learned the evolution of the universe through the efforts of and struggles generations of astronomers.

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THCA Welcomes New Faculty Member Prof. Xuening Bai

Prof. Bai comes to Tsinghua from Harvard University, where he was a research associate and a lecturer at Institute for Theory and Computation, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He was an undergraduate student at Tsinghua in the academic talent program (基础科学班) from 2003 to 2007, when he was a student member of THCA. He received his PhD in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University in 2012, where he was awarded the Charlotte E. Proctor Honorific Fellowship in 2011, an honor conferred on only the most distinguished PhD students at Princeton. He won the prestigious Hubble fellowship for which he chose the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as the host.


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2017 Summer School for Astrophysics at Tsinghua

On July 10-14, 2017, the summer school for excellent college students of astrophysics at Tsinghua University was held in the west lecture classroom of Tsinghua University. It was participated by more than 70 students from seventeen schools such as Tsinghua University, Peking University, University of Science & Technology of China, Zhejiang University and Sichuan University, etc.

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Tsinghua-SRON MOU on X-ray Astronomy

Tsinghua Unversity and SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on collaboration in space science and technology, specifically on developing advanced X-ray imaging spectrometer, mainly for astronomical applications but the technology is expected to find broad applications in many areas including material science and medicine. SRON is a world leader in space technology, having played key roles in ESA (as well as other international) space missions. SRON is actively engaged in the discussion of the Hot Universe Baryon Surveyor (HUBS) mission concept developed in China, and in helping advance the concept internationally. The primary scientific objectives of the HUBS mission are to find the “missing matter” in the universe and to study its physical and chemical properties. The MoU stipulates that Tsinghua and SRON supports the exchange of research personnel, collaboration on detector R&D, and joint effort on advancing the HUBS concept.

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