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29 December 2016: China's potential as a mature spacefaring nation, Richard de Grijs, china.org.cn opinion article (editor's pick)

25 December 2016: China's research regulators step up efforts, Richard de Grijs, china.org.cn opinion article (editor's pick)

December 2016: The VMC Survey XXV: Signatures of tidally stripped stellar populations from the inner Small Magellanic Cloud, Subramanian S., Rubele S., Sun N.-C., Girardi L., de Grijs R., van Loon J.T., Cioni M.-R.L., Piatti A.E., Bekki K., Emerson J.P., Ivanov V.D., Kerber L., Marconi M., Ripepi V., Tatton B.L., 2016, MNRAS, re-submitted for publication

16 December 2016: Richard has been elected to serve as independent "researcher" on the ORCID Board of Directors from 1 January 2017 for a three-year term.

December 2016: The VMC survey - XXIII. Model fitting of light and radial velocity curves of Small Magellanic Cloud classical Cepheids, Marconi M., Molinaro R., Ripepi V., Cioni M.-R.L., Clementini G., Moretti M.I., Ragosta F., de Grijs R., Groenewegen M.A.T., Ivanov V.D., 2017, MNRAS, accepted for publication! arXiv:1612.04650

12 December 2016: Richard was featured in a news story relating high-level discussions about the development of postdoctoral systems (in Chinese); photo series

December 2016: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines of November 2016 (Pure water in a Japanese mine offers clues to the nature of supernova explosions), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, January 2017, in press (in Chinese; English version)

December 2016: China as a destination for international postdoctoral researchers, de Grijs R., 2016, in: Proc. Int'l Symp. on Postdoctoral Systems, p. 149 (Chinese: p. 49), 10-12 December 2016, Zhuhai (Guangdong), China; download

December 2016: The VMC survey. XXIV. Identification of quasars from their near-infrared variability properties, Hempel M., Ivanov V.D., Cioni M.-R., Piatti A.E., de Grijs R., van Loon J.T., Ripepi V., 2017, A&A, submitted for publication

30 November 2016: It's finally there! We released our professionally produced documentary, Science of Heaven, at a launch event at the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (Peking University); see this news item (Chinese) on the website of the Netherlands embassy! blog post (and trailer) hosted by Physics World (19 December 2016); twitter post

November 2016: Variability in the Milky Way: Contact binaries as diagnostic tools, de Grijs R., Chen X., Deng, L., 2017, in: The non-stable Universe: Energetic sources, activity phenomena and evolutionary processes, eds Mickaelian A., Harutyunian H., Nikoghosyan E., Byurakan (Armenia), September 2016, in press; arXiv:1611.08409

November 2016: The VMC Survey XXII. Hierarchical star formation in the 30 Doradus-N158-N159-N160 star-forming complex, Sun N.-C., de Grijs R., Subramanian S., Cioni M.-R.L., Rubele S., Bekki K., Ivanov V., Piatti A.E., Ripepi V., 2016, ApJ, accepted for publication! arXiv:1611.06508

November 2016: The radial distributions of the two main-sequence components in the young massive star cluster NGC 1856, Li C., de Grijs R., Deng L., Milone A. P., 2017, ApJ, accepted for publication! arXiv:1611.04659

November 2016: Star clusters: Anything but simple (News and Views), de Grijs R., 2017, Nature Astronomy, 1, 11

11 November 2016: Richard was invited to participate in a discussion forum on different aspects of scientific research writing.

November 2016: Gamma-ray burst progenitors (Review), Levan A., Crowther P., de Grijs R., Langer N., Xu D., Yoon S.-C., 2016, Space Sci. Rev., 202, 33; arXiv:1611.03091

4 November 2016: Richard was interviewed for a feature article in Science on scientific careers in China

October 2016: Young star clusters in circumnuclear starburst rings, de Grijs R., Ma C., Jia S., Ho L.C., Anders P., 2017, MNRAS, 465, 2820; arXiv:1610.09125

October 2016: Lick Indices and Spectral Energy Distribution Analysis based on an M31 Star Cluster Sample: Comparisons of Methods and Models, Fan Z., de Grijs R., Chen B.-Q., Jiang L., Bian F., Li Z., 2016, AJ, 152, 208; arXiv:1610.07002

October 2016: Pending confirmation by the (corporate) membership (through election), the ORCID nominating committee has added Richard's name to the electoral slate for the post of "researcher" on the ORCID Board of Directors (strongly recommended, unopposed); final confirmation is due in mid January 2017

October 2016: Clustering of Local Group distances: publication bias or correlated measurements? IV. The Galactic Center, de Grijs R., Bono G., 2016, ApJS, 227, 5; arXiv:1610.02457

October 2016: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines of September 2016 (The star that didn't blow up after all), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, November 2016, p. 18 (in Chinese; English version)

October 2016: A method to infer globular cluster evolutionary history from observations of blue stragglers: Hodge 11, Rimoldi A., Portegies Zwart S., Rossi E.M., Li C., de Grijs R., 2016, MNRAS, submitted for publication

September 2016: Optics sharpen telescope view, de Grijs R., 2016, Physics World, in press; specially commissioned article about the Thirty Meter Telescope's adaptive optics system, to appear in a special issue of Physics World focused on Astronomy and Space Science: December 2016

15 September 2016: Richard was interviewed for a feature article on FAST and Chinese astrophysics, to appear in the Science section of the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad; update: article (23 September 2016; in Dutch)

September 2016: New open cluster Cepheids in the VVV survey tightly constrain near-infrared period-luminosity relations, Chen X., de Grijs R., Deng L., 2017, MNRAS, 464, 1119; arXiv:1609.05440

September 2016: Contact Binaries as Viable Distance Indicators: New, Competitive (V)JHKs Period-Luminosity Relations, Chen X., de Grijs R., Deng L., 2016, ApJ, 832, 138; arXiv:1609.02267; Accessible astrobites summary

September 2016: Richard de Grijs has now officially taken over the role as Honorary Editor of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society China

September 2016: Richard de Grijs was interviewed for a feature article in Physics World, special issue on China (September 2016), Rise of the physics powerhouse; local copy

August 2016: Stellar populations in star clusters (Review), Li C.-Y., de Grijs R., Deng L.-C., 2016, Res. Astron. Astrophys., 16, 179; arXiv:1609.00894

26 August 2016: First steps taken towards degree-level astrophysics programme in Mongolia, de Grijs R., Institute of Physics/IOP Life blog

17 August 2016: We just heard that our funding application for an NSFC-CAS joint project, "Stellar variability and rotation provide unprecedented insights into the origins of Galactic stellar populations", has been approved (CNY 500k, 2017-2019)

August 2016: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines of July 2016 (Visualizing dark energy), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, September 2016, p. 20 (in Chinese; English version)

August 2016: Taking your Science to 'the Public': Meaningful Engagement with a General Audience, de Grijs R., Na J., 2016, The Winnower, 3:e147079.95728; doi:10.15200/winn.147079.95728

July 2016: Physical parameter study of eight W Ursae Majoris-type contact binaries in NGC 188, Chen X., Deng L., de Grijs R., Zhang X.B., Xin Y., Wang K., Luo C.Q., Yan Z.Z., Tian J.F., Sun J.J., Liu Q., Zhou Q., Luo Z.Q., 2016, AJ, 152, 129; arXiv:1607.06152

16 July 2016: We just heard that our funding application for an NSFC Key Project, a joint project between the group of DENG Licai (PI) at NAOC and my group at the KIAA, has been approved! This prestigious award will give our group some much-needed financial breathing space and allow appointment of one or more postdoctoral researchers. Excellent news!

2-23 July 2016: Richard is at a writing residency in Wales (UK) to make significant progress on his book in the IOP Expanding Physics series on the history of navigation in the 17th Century, a topic focussed predominantly on celestial mechanics

July 2016: First observational signature of rotational deceleration in a massive, intermediate-age star cluster in the Magellanic Clouds, Wu X.H., Li C., de Grijs R., Deng L., 2016, ApJL, 826, L14; arXiv:1607.00491

June 2016: The tight sub-giant branch of the intermediate-age star cluster NGC 411 implies a single-aged stellar population, Li C., de Grijs R., Bastian N., Deng L., Niederhofer F., Zhang C., 2016, MNRAS, 461, 3212; arXiv:1606.05394

June 2016: Richard de Grijs has been selected for a 2017 Erskine Award (University of Canterbury, New Zealand), associated with a visit from 24 April to 9 June 2017

7 June 2016: Our group member, Chen Xiaodian, successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, Open cluster variables as distance tracers, on 7 June 2016

2 June 2016: Richard de Grijs was awarded a Star Guest Facilitator badge following his active role in facilitating the AuthorAID Online Course in Research Writing (April-May 2016)

June 2016: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines of May 2016 (Supernovae and gravitational lensing: A match made in heaven!), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, July 2016, p. 16 (in Chinese; English version)

May 2016: Reproducibility in research: How a small field is pioneering a culture of sharing, de Grijs R., 2016, The Winnower, 3:e146449.94380; doi:10.15200/winn.146449.94380

23-27 May 2016: Richard de Grijs organised and chaired the 2016 ISSI-BJ workshop on Astronomical Distance Determination in the Space Age

April 2016: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines of March 2016 (A stellar treasure chest of gold and other heavy elements), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, May 2016, p. 16 (in Chinese; English version)

March 2016: Book Review: China's tunnel vision, de Grijs R., June 2016, Physics World, p. 38; review of "From the Great Wall to the Great Collider" (Steve Nadis and Shing-Tung Yau); also published in Physics World special issue on China (September 2016)

March 2016: New quasars behind the Magellanic Clouds. Spectroscopic confirmation of near-infrared-selected candidates, Ivanov V.D., Cioni M.-R.L., Bekki K., de Grijs R., Emerson J., Gibson B.K., Kamath D., van Loon J.T., Piatti A.E., For B.-Q., 2016, A&A, 588, A93; arXiv:1510.05504

March 2016: The VMC Survey. XX. Identification of new Cepheids in the Small Magellanic Cloud, Moretti M.I., Clementini G., Ripepi V., Marconi M., Rubele S., Cioni M.-R.L., Muraveva T., Groenewegen M.A.T., Cross N.J.G., Ivanov V.D., Piatti A.E., de Grijs R., MNRAS, 459, 1687; arXiv:1510.08522

March 2016: The human face of early modern astronomy in China, de Grijs R., 2016, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society China, 76, 57 (English version of an article previously published in Chinese in The Amateur Astronomer; republished with permission)

February 2016: The VMC Survey. XIX. Classical Cepheids in the Small Magellanic Cloud, Ripepi V., Marconi M., Moretti M.I., Clementini G., Cioni M.-R.L., de Grijs R., Emerson J.P., Groenewegen M.A.T., Ivanov V.D., Piatti A.E., 2016, ApJS, 224, 21; arXiv:1602.09005

3 February 2016: Bringing physics to the migrant children of China, de Grijs R., Institute of Physics/IOP Life blog

February 2016: Elsevier has announced that Richard de Grijs is among the "most highly cited Chinese scholars in 2015", a list of 1743 names that includes 87 faculty members at Peking University; see http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1015-952996.html or http://news.sciencenet.cn/html/shownews.aspx?id=337415

February 2016: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines of January 2016 (Spinning stars giving up their secrets), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, March 2016, p. 18 (in Chinese; English version)

February 2016: The VMC survey - XVII. The proper motion of the Small Magellanic Cloud and of the Milky Way globular cluster 47 Tucanae, Cioni M.-R.L., Bekki K., Girardi L., de Grijs R., Irwin M.J., Ivanov V.D., Marconi M., Oliveira J.M., Piatti A.E., Ripepi V., van Loon J.T., 2016, A&A, 586, A77; arXiv:1510.07647

February 2016: The human face of early modern astronomy in China, de Grijs R., February 2016, The Amateur Astronomer, p. 73 (in Chinese); English version, Chinese version

27 January 2016: Stellar Parenting: Giant Star Clusters Make New Stars by 'Adopting' Stray Cosmic Gases, Kavli Foundation press release about our Letter to Nature; KIAA release; PKU release; NAOC release; PMO release; Northwestern University release

January 2016: Formation of new stellar populations from gas accreted by massive star clusters, Li C., de Grijs R., Deng L., Geller A.M., Xin Y., Hu Y., Faucher-Giguère C.-A., 2016, Nature, 529, 502; arXiv:1601.07296; Corrigendum (Nature, 539, 123; 2016), doi:10.1038/nature19336

January 2016: AstroTalk: Behind the news headlines of November 2015 (New developments offer a boost to extragalactic distance determination), de Grijs R., The Amateur Astronomer, January 2016, p. 24 (in Chinese; English version)

January 2016: The star cluster mass-galactocentric radius relation: Implications for cluster formation, Sun W., de Grijs R., Fan Z., Cameron E., 2016, ApJ, 816, 9; arXiv:1511.04490