- Mostafá and Dykstra awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching 31 January 2017
- Coutu and Mostafá Elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society 26 January 2017
- Rebekah Dawson awarded Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy 24 January 2017
- A tale of two pulsars' tails: Plumes offer geometry lessons to astronomers 14 February 2017
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.