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Alumni Events

A Celebration of Harvard Astronomy

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View pictures from the reunion.


Return to Cambridge for a day of spirited discussion and networking with friends, colleagues, peers, and mentors! Tap into promising research developments in the company of some of the world's leading scientists.

Registration is now closed.

The fall issue of Colloquy featured a fascinating story about the Giant Magellan Telescope. Read it online now.


Morning (8:30–11:45 a.m.) — Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street. Events are being held in Phillips Auditorium, but reunion guests should enter the CfA through the main lobby (near Perkins lab).

Afternoon (noon–6:30 p.m.)
— Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 Garden Street.

Note: The Sheraton Commander is a 10-minute walk from the Center for Astrophysics.

View a map showing the general vicinity of reunion events, with pins dropped at the CFA (60 Garden Street), the Sheraton Commander (16 Garden Street), and the parking lot at 10 Everett Street. 

Download and print a map of reunion locations.

Download a copy of the day's program.


Primary parking is in the Everett Street Garage, 10 Everett Street, about a 10-minute walk from the Sheraton Commander. Very limited parking for morning attendees is available at the Observatory Lot, 60 Garden Street. Valet parking ($15) is available at the Sheraton Commander lot. 

See below for information about shuttle service.


The Day's Program

8:30-10 a.m.

Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street

Alumni Panel on Alternative Quantitative Careers
For current students, but reunion attendees are welcome


James R. Herrnstein, AB '86, PhD '97, Renaissance Technologies; Rohan Mahadevan, PhD '97, Paypal; Colin Masson, PhD '79 (Cambridge University), Retired; Aaron Sokasian, PhD '03, Tachyon Capital Management; Boqi Wang, PhD '89. WCG Management


10-10:45 a.m.

Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street

Virtual Tour of the Department of Astronomy
Brief faculty talks on current areas of research

Led by Avi Loeb, Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science; Chair of the Department of Astronomy; Director, Institute for Theory and Computation

Read our interview with Loeb to hear his thoughts on the state of the field, the exciting discoveries ahead, and the essential need for basic research.

Josh Grindlay, PhD, '71, Robert Treat Paine Professor of Practical Astronomy: "Digitizing the Harvard Plate Stacks"
Lars Hernquist, Mallinckrodt Professor of Astrophysics:
"Cosmological Numerical Simulations"
Alyssa Goodman, PhD, '89, Professor of Astronomy: "The World-Wide-Telescope"

11-11:45 a.m.

Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street

Meet the Graduate Students

Led by Nathan Sanders, co-founder of astrobites

Noon-12:30 p.m. 

Registration at the Sheraton Commander
Hotel Lobby, 16 Garden Street


12:30-1:45 p.m. 

Sheraton Commander
16 Garden Street 


Welcome by Xiao-Li Meng, PhD '90, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Whipple V. N. Jones Professor of Statistics
Welcome by Jeremy Bloxham, Mallinckrodt Professor of Geophysics and Dean for Science
Featuring a historical review of Astronomy at Harvard by Owen Gingerich, PhD '62, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy and of the History of Science

2-3:30 p.m.

Sheraton Commander
16 Garden Street

Testing Einstein's Theory of Gravity


Moderated by Irwin Shapiro, Timken University Professor


Daniel Eisenstein
PhD, '96, Professor of Astronomy
Bob Kirshner
Clowes Professor of Science
Jim Moran
Donald H. Menzel Professor of Astrophysics
Ramesh Narayan
Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences
Scott Ransom
PhD '01
Brian Schmidt
PhD '93, Nobel Laureate 2011
Joe Silk
PhD '68
Chris Stubbs
Samuel C. Moncher Professor of Physics and of Astronomy
Joe Taylor
PhD, '68, Nobel Laureate 1993
3:30-4 p.m.

Refreshment break 

4-5:30 p.m.

Sheraton Commander
16 Garden Street

Extra-Solar Planets and Life
George Washington Ballroom, Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 Garden Street


Moderated by Charles Alcock, Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


Cullen Blake
PhD '09 

Dave Charbonneau
PhD, '01, Professor of Astronomy
Frank Drake
PhD '58
Eliza Kempton (Miller-Ricci)
PhD, '09
Heather Knutson
PhD '09
David Latham
PhD, '70, Lecturer on Astronomy
Ruth Murray-Clay
Harvard A.B. '01, Lecturer on Astronomy
Dimitar Sasselov
Professor of Astronomy
Sara Seager
PhD, '99
Frank Shu
PhD, '68

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Sheraton Commander
16 Garden Street

co-hosted by the Graduate School Fund

Featuring remarks by:

Avi Loeb, Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science; Chair of the Department of Astronomy; Director, Institute for Theory and Computation

Margot Gill, Administrative Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Ken Froewiss, AB '67, PhD '77, co-chair of the Graduate School Fund


Parking and Transportation

Everett Street Garage
10 Everett Street 

Observatory Lot*
60 Garden Street 

Sheraton Commander Hotel
16 Garden Street
Valet Only - $15 per Vehicle

*Parking at the Observatory lot is extremely limited. We encourage anyone not attending the morning portion of the program at the CfA to park at the Everett Street Garage or Sheraton Commander Hotel.

Shuttle Service:
A shuttle will be available to transport guests from Phillips Auditorium to the Sheraton Commander Hotel at 11:45 a.m. An additional shuttle will leave the Sheraton Commander at 6:30 p.m., following the reception, and will make a loop to each parking location.  

Map of Locations: Click here

GSAS Alumni Day

We invite you to stay on campus for GSAS Alumni Day, Saturday, April 6, featuring a keynote address, faculty symposia from across the disciplines, and a collegial luncheon at the Harvard Faculty Club! Check back for details.

The Graduate School Fund: Investing
in Great Minds

In honor of the Astronomy and Astrophysics departmental reunion, the Graduate School Fund will be leading an effort to raise financial support for graduate students. Help us raise as many graduate fellowships as possible ($25,000/student of current-use support) and make a gift today. All gifts in honor of the reunion, big and small, are deeply appreciated and will be counted toward the total.

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