Amanda A. Kepley
AMANDA A. KEPLEY is an assistant scientist with the North American ALMA Science Center at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). Dr. Kepley previously held postdoctoral positions at NRAO and at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on investigating the role that gas, dust, and magnetic fields within galaxies play in their evolution, primarily using radio telescopes like Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the Very Large Array (VLA), and the Green Bank Telescope (GBT). She also develops and tests heuristics for automated data reduction pipelines, both for ALMA and her own research. For this panel, she brings expertise with infrared and radio wavelengths. She was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She received her Ph.D. for astronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
Charles C. Steidel
CHARLES C. STEIDEL (NAS) is the Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology. His previous positions include assistant professor of physics at MIT and Hubble Fellow at U.C. Berkeley. He is a world leader in observational cosmology. He defined the state and chemical composition of the intergalactic medium in the early universe. He discovered normal star-forming galaxies at high redshift. With co-workers, he measured the clustering of these galaxies, thus placing serious constraints on cosmological models. His expertise is related to the processes of galaxy formation and the nature of the intergalactic medium. He has received the Gruber Cosmology Prize from The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation in recognition of his revolutionary studies of the most distant galaxies in the universe. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from California Institute of Technology. He has previously served on several Academies’ committees, including the Panel on Optical and Infrared Astronomy from the Ground.
Daniel K. Stern
DANIEL STERN is a NuSTAR project scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His prior work is related to implementing optical and infrared imaging and spectroscopy (Lick Observatory, Keck Observatory, HST, and IRTF), emphasizing observational cosmology and the distant universe and work on theoretical cosmology research considering microwave background fluctuations in a topologically closed universe. His current research interests are related to observational cosmology; identifying and studying galaxies and galaxy clusters at high redshift and active galaxies; and understanding the cosmic history of black hole formation and activity. For this panel, he brings expertise with X-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared wavelengths. Some of his recent awards are the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, the NASA Group Achievement Award to the NuSTAR Science Team, and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal. He received his Ph.D. for astrophysics from University of California Berkeley. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
TOMMASO TREU is a professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Division of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Previous positions include Distinguished Visitor at the Space Telescope Science Institute and professor at University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests and expertise includes galaxy formation and evolution. In particular he is interested in early-type galaxies, galaxies in clusters; high redshift galaxies; the co-evolution of spheroids and black-holes; gravitational lensing and dark matter in galaxies; and clusters of galaxies, cosmography from gravitational time delays, and galaxies in the epoch of reionization. For this panel, he brings expertise with ultraviolet and optical wavelengths. He is a recent recipient of the American Astronomical Society Newton Lacy Pierce Prize, the UCSB H.J. Plous Memorial Award, and the David and Lucille Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. He received his Ph.D. for physics from Scuola Normale Superiore. He has previously served on the Academies’ Astro2010 Panel on Galaxies Across Cosmic Time.
Pieter van Dokkum
PIETER VAN DOKKUM is the Sol Goldman professor of astronomy and the divisional director of the Physical Sciences and Engineering at Yale University. His research interests include stars and stellar populations of the most distant galaxies, along with astronomical instrumentation and telescopes. Prior to joining Yale University, Dr. van Dokkum was a Spitzer Fellow and Hubble Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. He has received numerous awards, including the Marc Aaronson Memorial Prize, the National Science Foundation CAREER award, and the Pastoor Schmeitz prize. He received his Ph.D. for astronomy from the University of Groningen. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
David H. Weinberg
DAVID H. WEINBERG is a Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of Astronomy at the Ohio State University. Dr. Weinberg studies the large scale structure of the universe, dark energy and dark matter, the formation and evolution of galaxies and quasars, and the intergalactic medium (IGM). He is well-known for his development of “halo occupation” methods to connect observed galaxy clustering to underlying dark matter structure, for theoretical modeling and cosmological applications of the Lyman-alpha forest, and for numerical simulation studies of the mechanisms of galaxy growth. For this panel, he brings expertise with all associated wavelengths. He has received the University Distinguished Scholar award and the Lancelot M. Berkeley New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy by the American Astronomical Society. He received his Ph.D. for astrophysical sciences from Princeton University. He has previously served on the Academies’ Committee on the Review of Progress Toward the Decadal Survey Vision in New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Astro2010 Panel on Cosmology and Fundamental Physics.