- New science from Einstein's greatest discovery is the theme of the 2015 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science 14 January 2015
- Huge New Astronomy Database Now Available to the Public 13 January 2015
- Gilliland is Part of Team that Wins Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics 23 December 2014
- Four Alumni Honored with Penn State's Outstanding Science Alumni Award 04 December 2014
The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Penn State has one of the most productive astronomy research programs in the country, according to a study by the National Research Council. Penn State ranks in the top three (along with Princeton University and the California Institute of Technology) in the NRC Survey-based quality score emphasizing publications and citations per faculty member per year, and number of grants. Additional information about the NRC review of astronomy programs can be found at phds.org, in a summary of the Penn State program prepared by the department, and in a press release from the Eberly College of Science.