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Recent colloquium online

I gave an invited talk for the STScI Fall 2013 Colloquium series.  A video of the talk is online here.

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Outstanding Science Alumni Award from Penn State.

I was one of seven alumni honored by the Penn State University Eberly College of Science with the Outstanding Science Alumni Award for the year 2013.  News story here.   It really was an honor, and a thrill, to go back … Continue reading

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Our research featured in “Hubble Year in Review”

Our group’s work was just featured in the “Hubble Science Year in Review”, a book that NASA and STScI produce.  We have dissected the brightest known gravitationally lensed galaxy, using the Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck Observatory, as described in several … Continue reading

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Recruiting postdoctoral fellows

As my Research page states up front, I actively recruit postdocs through the NASA Postdoctoral Program.  If you’re interested in applying to be an NPP Fellow,  please contact me at  or my NASA email.   I also sponsor applications for the Hubble and … Continue reading

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Shuttle Discovery from Goddard

    I was privileged yesterday to watch space shuttle Discovery make her final flight, circling over Washington, DC, piggybacked on a 747, before landing at the Dulles airport, bound for the Smithsonian.  Discovery made a flyby over my workplace, … Continue reading

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Updated my research page

I’ve updated my description of current research, by adding recent papers, and adding a non-jargony introduction which will hopefully be accessible to a wide variety of audience.  I also explicitly stated that I’m always recruiting graduate students for research projects, … Continue reading

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Hubble zooms in on lensed galaxy

We just had a press release on our gorgeous new Hubble images of a gravitationally lensed galaxy: A team of astronomers aimed Hubble at one of the most striking examples of gravitational lensing, a nearly 90-degree arc of light in … Continue reading

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I’m on twitter

I’m on Twitter, at JaneRRigby.

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Public talk at Goddard visitors center

I’ll give a public lecture at the Goddard Visitors Center in Greenbelt, MD, on Thursday, Nov 10 at 7 PM.  The event is free but space is limited, so you’ll need to pre-register.  The topic is “Space Telescopes”. It’ll be … Continue reading

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TEDxMidAtlantic talk on Space Telescopes

I gave a talk on “Space Telescopes” at TEDxMidAtlantic on Saturday, Oct 29 in Washington, DC, to an audience of ~800.  I summarized key discoveries from the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space observatories, and why NASA is building the James Webb … Continue reading

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