- New NASA coalition to lead search for life on distant worlds includes two leaders at Penn State 21 April 2015
- Search for Advanced Civilizations Beyond Earth Finds Nothing Obvious in 100,000 Galaxies 20 April 2015
- Inside the most powerful explosions: Discoveries pave the way for next-generation neutrino telescopes 14 April 2015
- "Tales from the Outer Solar System" is the Friedman Lecture on April 28, 2015 09 April 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.