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High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) assists and promotes the advancement of research and the dissemination of knowledge about high energy events, particles, quanta, relativistic gravitational fields, and related phenomena in the astrophysical universe.  HEAD also promotes the coordination of this research and knowledge with other branches of science.  The division holds Division Meetings each 12-18 months, as well as sessions within the meetings of the American Astronomical Society.  Each year, HEAD awards the Rossi Prize for recent original research in High Energy Astrophysics.  Approximately every 18 months, HEAD also sponsors the Schramm Award for High Energy Astrophysics Science Journalism.  The electronic HEAD Newsletter is published twice yearly.

Items of Current Interest:

  • We say goodbye to outgoing Secretary/Treasurer, Paul Hertz, who has recently been assigned programmatic and oversight responsibility for the many aspects of the NASA high energy astrophysics program. Paul resigned from the HEAD Executive effective August 8, 2001, and he deserves many thanks for all his efforts and service to HEAD over the last few years. We wish him all the best in his new role at NASA Headquarters. In the interim prior to the next HEAD elections, in accordance with the HEAD bylaws, the HEAD Executive Committee has appointed Matthew Baring of Rice University to serve as Secretary/Treasurer until the next HEAD elections.
  • The May 2001 HEAD Newsletter is now available online or as a downloadable PDF file.
  • The minutes of the January 2001 HEAD Executive Committee and Business Meetings are now available.
  • The 2001 Rossi Prize is awarded to Andrew Fabian and Yasuo Tanaka for their discovery, with the ASCA satellite, of broad iron K-lines in active galactic nuclei, which demonstrate the effects of the strong gravitational field characteristic of black holes.

Items of Informational Interest:

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summaries of meetings

calendar of meetings

newsletter archive

awards and prizes

information on membership

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