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ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy…

Phoenix Cluster impression by B. SaxtonTeam used ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy at the center of Phoenix Cluster

A team of astronomers including Mark Brodwin, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, have discovered a surprising connection between a supermassive black hole and the galaxy in which it resides.

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Marvin Francois Memorial Fund Support

Marvin Francois

A GoFundMe page was established by A Bridge to the Stars members to help support the family of Marvin Francois.

Members of the A Bridge to the Stars family were deeply hurt and saddened to learn that Marvin Francois, the father of Jayden Francois, an ABttS scholar, tragically lost his life in an attempted robbery on May 31st. Please help us raise money to honor and remember his life as a father of four, an avid photographer, and a man who loved his family. Marvin, always made helping out anyone in his neighborhood/community a priority.

What stands out for us is Jayden bringing Marvin with him to class lectures and department group discussions. It was so obvious that Marvin loved to spend time with his son and loved learning all things Astronomy. He was the role model father, clearly engaged with Jayden’s interests and pursuits. Marvin Francois will be positively remembered by us all. At this moment, we wish we could tell Marvin how exceptional of a father he was in raising the thoughtful and bright son that Jayden is, and the good man like his father that Jayden is becoming. We hope that you are able to take a moment to hear Jayden’s words for hope in this brief June 3rd Fox4 news interview.

As a result of these circumstances, the Francois family is just only beginning the process of planning memorial services and trying to manage other unforeseen expenses during this terribly difficult time. If you are at all able, we would be eternally grateful for any monetary donations to assist in helping the Francois family bear the future expenses directly and indirectly related to this tragedy. During this time, it is unimaginable to consider the stress and grief this wonderful family is undeservedly dealing with – in hopes to remove financial stress from this time of grief, we ask for your help if you have the means to do so.

UMKC professor recognized by NASA for work on galaxies

Mark Brodwin, UMKC Physics and Astronomy Professor A UMKC professor has been recognized for his work studying galaxies.

Mark Brodwin, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, won a NASA Group Achievement Award from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Brodwin was one of six recognized for groundbreaking research as part of the Massive and Distant Clusters of WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) Survey team, called MaDCoWS, for short. Continue reading

‘Warko’ Observatory Celebrates 40 Years

Author and comet-discoverer David Levy will lead observance at Warkoczewski Observatory

Renowned comet discoverer, author and Emmy (“Three Minutes to Impact”) Award winning astronomer David H. Levy, Ph.D., will give a free public lecture at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to highlight the 40th anniversary of the university’s Warkoczewski Public Observatory.

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