Pasadena, CA— Astronomer and instrumentation expert Stephen Shectman of the Carnegie Observatories has been selected to receive the Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, “for important research results based upon development of groundbreaking instruments and techniques.” He will receive the prize in October.

This week The Observatories will host astronomers from around the globe for the inaugural Carnegie Symposium in Honor of Leonard Searle. The topic of the meeting is "Understanding Nebular Emission in High-Redshift Galaxies: Massive Stars, Chemical Abundances and Photoionization Models."