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Steve Gullberg Inducted to International Astronomical Union

Gullberg conducting research considered for international astronomical union

We are pleased to announce that Steve Gullberg, renowned archaeoastronomer and CLS instructor, was inducted into the International Astronomical Union (IAU) at its General Assembly this August.

The IAU is a group of astronomers whose mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation. The group oversees worldwide astronomy, defines astronomical constants and designates names for new discoveries. It also decided Pluto was no longer a planet.

Gullberg’s Ph.D. in astronomy made him eligible for consideration, but it is his research in archaeoastronomy that will be of particular value to the IAU. A growing field, archaeoastronomy studies how ancient societies understood the phenomena in the sky, as well as the role it played in their cultures.

After his acceptance, Gullberg was assigned to working groups regarding stars and stellar physics and galaxies and cosmology. “I’ll be dealing with the properties of stars of all masses and evolutionary stages and the physical mechanisms involved,” he explained. “As for galaxies and cosmology, I’ll be looking at the early universe, various cosmological models, dark matter, dark energy and star formation.”

Gullberg’s work was recently featured in Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry. He has also submitted a paper for the Sophia Center Press in Wales, and is working on another to be published by the University Press of Colorado. He looks forward to attending conferences in Honolulu and Rome this year.

Mary Wuestewald
Mary Wuestewald specializes in digital and content marketing at OU Outreach. In 2015, she earned a master's degree in Strategic Communication from OU’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She currently contributes to Insight magazine, the CLS blog and CLS social media efforts.

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