Daniel Eisenstein - (Chair)
DANIEL EISENSTEIN (NAS) is a professor of Astronomy at Harvard University and the director of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III. His research interests include cosmology and extragalactic astronomy with a mix of theoretical and observational methods. His dominant focus over the last decade has been on the development of the baryon acoustic oscillation method to measure the cosmic distance scale and study dark energy. Prior to joining Harvard University, he was an astronomy faculty member at the University of Arizona and held postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Chicago. Eisenstein has been active in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey since 1998 and served as the Director of SDSS-III. He is currently the co-spokesperson of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument collaboration. He is a member of the JWST Near-Infrared Camera instrument team, the SDSS-IV consortium, and the Euclid consortium. He has served as chair of the National Science Foundation Astronomy Portfolio Review committee. He has been a member of numerous other scientific collaborations and national committees. He has received the Shaw Prize in Astronomy and was named a Simons Investigator. Eisenstein received his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University. He has served on the Academies’ Astro2010 Panel on Optical and Infrared Astronomy from the Ground.
Lindsey E. Bleem
LINDSEY E. BLEEM is an assistant physicist at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). She was previously a scholar at ANL. Her research interests include using clusters of galaxies to constrain cosmological models. She is currently constructing and exploring the properties of new samples of clusters selected via the Sunyaev–Zel'dovich effect using data from the South Pole Telescope, Dark Energy Survey, and Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. Beyond this work she is engaged in efforts to better connect simulations and observations of clusters to prepare for the next generation optical Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and cosmic microwave background surveys. Bleem received the Maria Goeppert Fellowship and Sachs Fellowship from theUniversity of Chicago, and the Director’s Fellowship from ANL. Bleem earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
Marc P. Kamionkowski
MARC P. KAMIONKOWSKI (NAS) is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University. He was previously the the Robinson Professor of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology. He is a theoretical physicist who specializes in cosmology, with contributions in dark matter, dark energy, the cosmic microwave background, the early Universe, physical cosmology, along with other areas of astrophysics. Kamionkowski is also the chief editor, Astrophysics, and Cosmology editor for Physics Reports. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Kamionkowski has received numerous awards and honors, including the Helen B. Warner Prize, the E. O. Lawrence Award for Physics, a Simons Investigator Award, and the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics. He earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago. Kamionkowski has previously served on an Academies’ committee.
RACHEL MANDELBAUM is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). She was previously an associate research scholar and visiting associate research scholar for the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, and a Hubble Fellow for astrophysics at the Institute for Advanced Study. She has received the AAS Annie Jump Cannon Prize, the Department of Energy Early Career Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and was the Falco-DeBenedetti Career Development Professor in Physics at CMU. Her research interests are predominantly in the areas of observational cosmology and galaxy studies. This work includes the use of weak gravitational lensing and other analysis techniques, with projects that range from development of improved data analysis methods, to actual application of such methods to existing data. Mandelbaum is focusing on data from the Hyper-SuprimeCam (HSC), and is working on upcoming surveys including LSST, Euclid, and Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). She is currently serving a two-year term as spokesperson of the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC). Mandelbaum earned her Ph. D. in physics from Princeton University. Mandelbaum has not previously served on an Academies' committee.
MIGUEL F. MORALES is an associate professor at the University of Washington in the department of physics. He was also a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Kavli Institute. He is an observational cosmologist and works primarily on measurements of the Epoch of Reionization (EoR) as the universe's first stars and galaxies burned away the primordial neutral hydrogen fog approximately 13 billion years ago. His radio cosmology group is recognized as an international leader in developing the bespoke instruments and precision data analysis techniques required to reveal the faint cosmological radio signal. This group are builders of the Murchison Widefield Array in western Australia and the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array in South Africa, and has developed one of the four major EoR analysis pipelines. Dr. Morales received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award and was included in Scientists Like Me: Faces of Discovery an as an emerging scholar in Diversity Magazine. Dr. Morales earned a Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has previously served on an Academies’ committee.