Dr. Meicun Hou
An incoming postdoc at KIAA, Dr. Meicun Hou, was awarded the China Postdoctoral Foundation Innovative Program, one of the most competitive postdoc fellowship in China. Dr.Hou is one of only three awardees in astronomy in 2021. Her PhD at Nanjing University focuses on surveys of X-ray emission from nearby galaxies in dense environments. This fellowship will allow Dr. Hou to extend this work to broader galaxy types in different environments and to combine X-rays with H I surveys to evaluate ram pressure stripping of galaxies.
Dr.Haifeng Yang Dr.Swayamtrupta Panda
KIAA incoming postdocs Dr. Haifeng Yang and Dr. Swayamtrupta Panda won 2021 PKU Boya Fellowships, the latest of a continuous line of awardees from KIAA that dates back to the initial founding of the fellowship. Dr. Yang, currently a postdoctoral fellow at Tsinghua University, will study planet formation in protoplanetary disks using ALMA observations and simulations of disks. Dr. Panda, a PhD candidate at the Center for Theoretical Physics at the Polish Academy of Sciences, will study radiative processes around supermassive black holes using observations and models.
These honors are awarded in recognition for the potential of these KIAA to achieve interesting and powerful insights during their time at PKU. The fellowships will help upcoming postdocs to have a good starting point in the new position. KIAA and PKU astronomy appreciates the support from PKU and the China Postdoctoral Foundation in helping to support a strong postdoctoral program.