Jacqueline N. Hewitt
JACQUELINE N. HEWITT (vice-chair) is professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Hewitt’s research interests are in the application of techniques of radio astronomy and signal processing to problems in astrophysics. She was one of the pioneers of wide-area radio surveys with the Very Large Array radio telescope, work that led to the discovery of the first Einstein ring gravitational lens. Her current topics of interest include low-frequency radio studies of the Epoch of Reionization and the Dark Ages, and surveys of transient astronomical radio emission. She was a founding collaborator in the Murchison Widefield Array project, a low-frequency radio telescope in Western Australia designed to study the Epoch of Reionization and is the lead investigator on a grant from the Moore Foundation to expand the HERA (Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array) telescope in South Africa. Previously, she was director of MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. She is the recipient of the Booker Prize from the International Union of Radio Science, the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award from the American Physical Society (APS), and the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. In 2012, Time magazine named her one of the 25 most influential people in space. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the American Physical Society, a former David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellow, and a former Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. Dr. Hewitt received her Ph.D. in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has previously served on an Academies’ committee.
David L. Kaplan
DAVID L. KAPLAN is an associate professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His primary research interests as a multi-wavelength astronomer include compact objects (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes), as well as multi-wavelength and multi-messenger transients. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he was a Hubble Fellow at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Pappalardo Fellow and Hubble Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is co-PI of the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) Variables and Slow Transients (VAST) Survey Project, and is a member of the American Astronomical Society, the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav), the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF), and the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) collaborations. He received his Ph.D. for astrophysics from California Institute of Technology. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
Daniel P. Marrone
DANIEL P. MARRONE is an associate professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona. He is also an associate astronomer at Steward Observatory. He was previously a Hubble Fellow and a Jansky Fellow at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. His research addresses a number of topics, including the physics of black holes, the formation of early galaxies, and cosmology. His work often relies on the construction of new instruments, primarily at centimeter to submillimeter wavelengths. He is a member of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration science council and the South Pole Telescope collaboration. He serves on the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) Science Advisory Committee and is the current chair of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) Users Committee. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and, as a member of the EHT collaboration, the NSF Diamond Achievement Award. Marrone earned a Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee
LYNN D. MATTHEWS is a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Haystack Observatory. She specializes in radio wavelength studies of evolved stars and on the deployment of new technologies for observational radio astronomy. She is part of the Event Horizon Telescope team that used the technique of very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) to achieve the first ever image of a supermassive black hole. She served as commissioning scientist for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) Phasing Project that brought millimeter VLBI capabilities to ALMA, and is currently principal investigator of the ALMA Phasing Project Phase 2. Previously, she held appointments as a Jansky Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and as a Clay Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Matthews is a member of the American Astronomical Society and the International Astronomical Union. She received a Ph.D. in astronomy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
JOAN R. NAJITA is an astronomer and chief scientist at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, where she has been a scientific staff member for the past 21 years. As chief scientist she is responsible for science planning, science communications, and the health of the scientific environment at the Observatory. Her research interests include star and planet formation; low mass stars and brown dwarfs; the Milky Way; infrared spectroscopy; massively multiplexed wide-field spectroscopy; and science sociology and resource allocation practices in astronomy. She is also interested in the future of science publications, communicating science to the public, and the role of science in society. A recipient of the Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy, Najita is a member of the Aspen Center for Physics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Astronomical Society. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
RICHARD L. PLAMBECK is a research astronomer at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the development of instrumentation for millimeter wavelength astronomy, and on high-resolution observations of star-forming regions. He helped construct the receivers used on the Berkeley-Illinois-Maryland Array (BIMA) and the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter Astronomy (CARMA). The success of those telescopes led ultimately to the construction of ALMA, the world's premier telescope at mm wavelengths. Dr. Plambeck served on numerous ALMA design reviews and on the ALMA Science Advisory Committee. He received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
Jean L. Turner
JEAN L. TURNER is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Her research interests include studying gaseous environments of young super star clusters in local galaxies. Prior to joining UCLA, she worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and was a visiting scientist at the California Institute of Technology, the Space Telescope Science Institute, and the Joint ALMA Observatory. Turner is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received her Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California at Berkeley. She has previously served on an Academies’ committee.