Sarbani Basu - (Chair)
SARBANI BASU is a professor and chair of the Department of Astronomy at Yale University. In addition, she is the co-investigator on the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Her research interests include the study of the Sun and other stars using data on stellar oscillations (star quakes), and in studying the variations in the Sun over time-scales that are of societal relevance. To this end, she uses solar oscillation data to examine changes that take place deep inside the Sun over periods of years and decades. Prior to joining Yale University, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Queen Mary & Westfield College in London and at the Theoretical Astrophysics Center at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. She is the deputy chair of the board of directors and member representative for Yale at the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, a member of the editorial board for Solar Physics, and member of the board of the TESS Asteroseismic Science Consortium. Basu is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2018 George Ellery Hale Prize of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society, a 2015 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the M.K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal of the Astronomical Society of India. She is a member of the International Astronomical Union, the American Astronomical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and the Astronomical Society of India. Basu received her Ph.D. in physics from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. She has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
Nancy S. Brickhouse
NANCY S. BRICKHOUSE is the senior science advisor at the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian. She has served as the associate director for the Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences Division at the Center for Astrophysics. Her research interests include solar and stellar coronal physics, plasma spectral modeling, atomic data for astrophysics, ultra violet to X-ray spectroscopy of diverse objects, and physical processes in astrophysical plasmas. She is a leader of the Atomic Data for Astrophysicists (ATOMDB) Project, which uses collisional and radiative atomic data to generate spectral models needed for high-energy astrophysics. Dr. Brickhouse received her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
ADAM BURGASSER is a professor at the University of California, San Diego in the department of physics and an observational astrophysicist whose research interests include the lowest mass stars, brown dwarfs, and extrasolar planets. He has a particular interest in substellar atmospheres, multiple systems, activity, and populations. He specializes in optical/infrared spectroscopy, high resolution imaging, radio interferometry, and large data science. He also conducts research in physics education and art-science collaboratories. He has previously held a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of California, Los Angeles, a Spitzer Postdoctoral Fellowship at the American Museum of Natural History, and a faculty position in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been awarded University of California,San Diego’s Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award, Outstanding Mentor Award, and Distinguished Teaching Award, and was a faculty Fulbright Scholar at the University of Exeter. Burgasser is a member of the International Astronomical Union, American Astronomical Society, National Society of Black Physicists, and SACNAS. Burgasser received his Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
JULIANNE DALCANTON is professor and chair of astronomy at the University of Washington. Her research interests include the origin and evolution of galaxies and their use as probes of fundamental physics. Dalcanton is also the principal investigator of a large Hubble Space Telescope Multi-Cycle Treasury, has served as the vice chair of the Space Telescope Science Institute Council, a member of the Collaboration Council of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the chair of the SDSS Galaxy Working Group, and as a member of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) nominating committee. Prior to joining her current institution, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Dalcanton is the recipient of numerous awards, including - the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for beginning faculty, a NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Wyckoff Faculty Fellowship through the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, the Mohler Prize from University of Michigan, and the Beatrice Tinsley Prize from the American Astronomical Society. She received her Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University. Dalcanton served on the Academies’ Astro2010 Decadal Survey Panel on the Galactic Neighborhood. She is currently serving on the Astro2020 Decadal Steering Committee, and would serve as the steering committee’s liaison to this panel.
Jennifer A. Johnson
JENNIFER A. JOHNSON is a professor of astronomy at the Ohio State University (OSU). Her research interests include stellar abundances, origin of the elements, nucleocosmochronology, and the formation of the Galaxy and the local group. Johnson is the program head of the Milky Way Mapper of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Science and at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics. Johnson received her Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.