- Lord of the Rings: Astronomers Pinpoint the Location of a Mysterious Neutron Star with Superlative Rings of X-ray Light 24 June 2015
- Cavener named new dean of the Eberly College of Science 19 June 2015
- A First: Exoplanet smaller than Earth gets its size and mass measured 17 June 2015
- Mercedes Richards elected Councilor of American Astronomical Society 04 June 2015
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.