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Wen-fai Fong Awarded the 2024 AAS Berkeley Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy

October 24, 2023

Congratulations to Wen-fai Fong for being awarded the 2024 AAS Berkeley Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy!wen-fai-fong.jpg

She is being honored “for her leadership of foundational work that is greatly advancing our understanding of explosive astrophysical transients and their host galaxies. These transients include short gamma-ray bursts, which are powerful flashes first seen as high-energy light; fast radio bursts, which are brief flashes of radio emission; and electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational-wave signals.”

Each year the three AAS Vice Presidents, in consultation with the Editor in Chief of the AAS journals, select the Berkeley prize winner for meritorious research published within the preceding 12 months. For 2024, the Berkeley Prize recognizes not just one article, but the remarkable broader body of work published by Fong, her research group, and her collaborations in the past year. “Dr. Fong’s ongoing research programs have played a critical role in expanding our knowledge of the transient universe,” AAS Vice President Grant Tremblay states.

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