Dr. Buell T. Jannuzi
University of Arizona
BUELL T. JANNUZI is Head of the Department of Astronomy and Director of the Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona. The University of Arizona’s Department of Astronomy and its affiliated Steward Observatory are world-leading centers for astrophysical research. Previously, Jannuzi served as Director of Kitt Peak National Observatory and Associate Director of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (2005-2010) during his 17-year tenure (1995-2012) as member of the scientific staff of the NOAO. He earned degrees at Harvard College and the University of Arizona (Ph.D. in Astronomy), followed by five years as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey. Jannuzi was recognized in 1993 as a future leader in the field with one of NASA’s prestigious Hubble Fellowships. His main scientific interests include the formation and evolution of individual, group, and large-scale structures of galaxies and the determination of the physical processes that produce quasars and other active galactic nuclei. Jannuzi has been heavily involved with many major surveys of the universe, including one of the original three “Key Projects” for the Hubble Space Telescope, the Quasar Absorption Line Survey, and was co-Principal Investigator for an ambitious survey of galaxy evolution, the NOAO Deep Wide-Field Survey. Jannuzi served on the Board of Directors or Science Advisory Committee of numerous major ground-based and space observatories (including Gemini Observatory, Spitzer Space Telescope, Fermi Space Telescope, Large Binocular Telescope, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, and the Giant Magellan Telescope), and was President of the Board of Directors of the International Dark Sky Association.
Dr. Robert P. Kirshner
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
ROBERT P. KIRSHNER (NAS) is the Clowes Professor of Science at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He is a world leader in the study of supernovae and their application to astronomy and cosmology. His work on Supernova 1972E, explorations of large-scale structure, studies of Supernova 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud, and new methods for measuring extragalactic distances have all been fundamental contributions to astrophysics. He is an observational astronomer who uses supernova explosions to measure the size and motion of the universe. This work contributed to the discovery of cosmic acceleration that led to the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011 for two of his graduate students. He has also been engaged in efforts to measure the distribution of galaxies in three dimensions through large redshift surveys. Dr. Kirshner is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and he has served as president of the AAS. He is a member of the U.S. National Committee for the International Astronomical Union, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences editorial board, the Expert Content Group for the Exhibition on Wonders of Science—Subcommittee of the Marian E. Koshland Science Museum Advisory Committee, the Communications Advisory Committee, the Panel on Cooperation with the USSR in High Energy Astrophysics, the Organizing Committee for the First Annual Symposium of Frontiers of Science, the Committee on Space Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the Task Group on the Scope of the Space Telescope Science Institute. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy from Caltech. He was the vice chair of the NRC’s Astro2010 Panel on Stars and Stellar Evolution and a member of the Astro2010 Panel on Optical and Infrared Astronomy from the Ground. He serves on the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Dr. Lori M. Lubin
University of California, Davis
LORI M. LUBIN is a professor in the Department of Physics at the University of California, Davis (UCD). She served as Vice Chair of Administration and Undergraduate Affairs in the Department of Physics from 2006-2011. Prior to UCD, she was an associate research scientist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University and an assistant astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute. Dr. Lubin has spent the past 20 years studying galaxy groups, clusters, and superclusters at redshifts of z > 0.5. Her research focuses on a comprehensive, multi-wavelength (radio to X-ray) approach to understanding galaxy evolution and cluster formation through detailed photometric and spectroscopic observations. Dr. Lubin has been awarded over 100 nights of observing time at the premier ground-based optical, infrared, and radio observatories, included Keck, Gemini, Subaru, KPNO, CFHT, Palomar, Las Campanas, UKIRT, and the VLA. In addition, she has had many successful observing programs with HST, Chandra, XMM, and Spitzer. She served as a panel chair of the NASA Keck and HST Telescope Allocation Committees, as well as the chair of the Space Telescope Users Committee. She has also served on peer review panels for ALMA, Chandra, NASA, NSF, VLA, and Spitzer. She is currently a member of the UC Observatories Advisory Committee and the TMT Science Advisory Committee. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carnegie and Hubble Fellowships. Dr. Lubin earned her Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University.
Dr. Robert Lupton
ROBERT H. LUPTON is a Senior Research Astronomer at Princeton University, and the Algorithms Lead for the Large Survey Synoptic Telescope (LSST). At Princeton Dr. Lupton was the principle author of the photometric pipeline for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), and is leading the data analysis for the HyperSuprimeCam project on Subaru in addition to his work on the LSST. His research interests are in astronomical algorithms, statistical descriptions of data, and large software systems. Dr. Lupton was awarded the Muhlmann prize of the ASP in 2005. He earned his Ph.D. in astronomy from Princeton University. Dr. Lupton was a member of the JDEM science definition team.
Dr. Paul L. Schechter
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PAUL L. SCHECHTER (NAS) is the William A. M. Burden Professor of Astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Schechter’s research interests are galaxies, clusters of galaxies, the distribution of dark matter, and adaptive optics. He is also familiar with observational techniques such as microlensing and gravitation lensing. Prior to joining the faculty at MIT, Dr. Schechter held postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Arizona, a faculty position at Harvard, and staff positions at Kitt Peak National Observatory and the Carnegie Observatories. He has carried out optical observations of the mirages produced by extragalactic gravitational potentials using the Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes. He also helped develop the adaptive optics system for the Carnegie Institute of Washington’s Magellan Telescopes. Dr. Schechter received his B.S. in physics and mathematics from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology. He was a member of the Astro2010 Panel on Electromagnetic Observations from Space, is currently a member of the Board on Physics and Astronomy, and also serves as co-chair of the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Dr. Paul Adrian Vanden Bout
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
PAUL A. VANDEN BOUT is a Senior Scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy from University of California, Berkeley in 1966. He was a professor at University of Texas at Austin and Astronomy Department Chair from 1978-1982. He was Director of NRAO from 1985 to 2001. As NRAO Director, Dr. Vanden Bout oversaw the construction of the Very Long Baseline Array, ten remotely controlled radio telescopes that work together as the world's largest, full-time astronomical instrument; and the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope. Dr. Vanden Bout also played an instrumental role in forging the international partnership for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, an array of 12-meter millimeter-wave antennas to be constructed in northern Chile. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the American Astronomical Society and the International Astronomical Union (Commission 34 on Interstellar Matter and Commission 40 on Radio Astronomy). He served on the Astro2010 Survey Committee and was a member and chair of the Committee on Radio Frequencies. He served on the Time Allocation Committee for NASA-funded time on the Keck Observatory telescope from 2010-2013 and on the Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee from 2010-2013.
Dr. J. Craig Wheeler
The University of Texas at Austin
J. CRAIG WHEELER is the Samuel T. and Fern Yanagisawa Regents Professor of Astronomy at the University of Texas, Austin, where he was chair of the department. He was a research fellow at Caltech working in Nobel Laureate Willy Fowler's group. Dr. Wheeler was an assistant professor of astronomy at Harvard University. He specializes in the astrophysics of violent events—supernovae, neutron stars, black holes, gamma-ray bursts—and the relation of these events to astrobiology. He was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas and won a state-wide Regent’s Teaching Award. He served as president of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). He has been a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and was awarded the Hyer Award for Best Dissertation Supervisor of the Texas Section of the APS. Dr. Wheeler has published nearly 300 papers in refereed journals and many conference proceedings and has edited books on supernovae and accretion disks. He has also written a popular astronomy book, Cosmic Catastrophes: Supernovae, Gamma-Ray Bursts and Adventures in Hyperspace. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado. Dr. Wheeler has served on numerous NRC committees, including the Space Studies Board, the Committee on the Astrophysical Context of Life, the Committee on the Scientific Context for Space Exploration, and the Committee on an Assessment of Balance in NASA's Science Programs, among others. He serves on the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics, and served on the Astro2010 Infrastructure Working Group on Facilities, Funding, and Programs.