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Dr. Chryssa Kouveliotou, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., was selected as the 2012 recipient of the Dannie Heineman prize in astrophysics, jointly awarded each year by the American Institute of Physics and the American Astronomical Society. She received the award at the 2013 American Astronomical Society (AAS) conference ongoing in Long Beach, CA this week.
NASA Marshall Scientist Receives Heineman Prize

Dr. Chryssa Kouveliotou, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., was selected as the 2012 recipient of the Dannie Heineman prize in astrophysics, jointly awarded each year by the American Institute of Physics and the American Astronomical Society. She received the award at the 2013 American Astronomical Society (AAS) conference ongoing in Long Beach, CA this week. Shown with Kouveliotou are Catherine O'Riordan, Vice President of the American Institute of Physics, Kouveliotou, and David Helfand, AAS president.

The citation for the Heineman prize recognizes Kouveliotou "for her extensive accomplishments and discoveries in the areas of gamma ray bursts and their afterglows, soft gamma ray repeaters and magnetars. The citation particularly mentions her collaborative efforts and "her effectiveness and insights in using multi-wavelength observations."

The Heineman Prize is named after the late Dannie N. Heineman, a Belgian-American engineer, business executive and philanthropic sponsor of scientific endeavors. The prize was established in 1979 by the Heineman Foundation for Research, Education, Charitable and Scientific Purposes.

Image credit: AAS photo (c) 2013 Joson Images

For more information visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/news/releases/2012/12-010.html

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