AAS 2016 Election

American Astronomical Society Election Ballot 2016 - Voting Ends on 31 January 2016 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time Zone)

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The 2016 election for Nominating Committee, Vice-President, Councilors, and USNC-IAU is now open and will close on 31 January 2016.

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Current time: Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 06:33:40 pm EST (-05:00 GMT)

Voting opened: Monday, 21 December 2015, 12:00:00 am EST (-05:00 GMT)
Voting closed: Sunday, 31 January 2016, 11:59:59 pm EST (-05:00 GMT)

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Nominating Committee

Description:
  • The Nominating Committee prepares slates of candidates for Officers and Councilors and helps prepare slates of candidates to serve on the Publications Board and Astronomy Education Board, as specified in the Constitution & Bylaws.
Term Elected For: 3 years
Currently Serving: Virginia L. Trimble (Chair), Anthony H. Gonzalez, Massimo Marengo, Knut A. Olsen, and Nicole S. Van Der Bliek

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Michael J. Kurtz


Biography

Professional Title/Position

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Astronomer/Computer Scientist; Project Scientist: Astrophysics Data System

Degrees and Education

  • Dartmouth College (1982), Ph.D.

Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

  • Astronomical Spectra
  • Large Data Systems
  • Observational Cosmology
  • Digital Libraries
  • Bibliometrics

AAS Positions:

  • Member (1987-present)
  • Van Biesbroeck Prize (2001) "...design of the Astrophysics Data System..."
  • Journals Task Force (2014)
  • eBooks Editorial Board (2015-present)

Services, Roles, and Activities

  • Citation Research Award, American Society for Information Science & Technology (2002)
  • Fellow, Astrophysics Division, American Physical Society (2011)
  • Fellow, Computer and Information Science Section, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012)
  • Board of Directors, Classification Society (2009-present)
  • Board of Editors, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (2011-present)
  • Moderator, ArXiv Astrophysics Instrumentation and Methods (astro-ph.IM) (2009-present)

Candidate Statement

Longterm, for the AAS to thrive it must have leaders who are capable of great wisdom and foresight. Is the task of the Nominating Committee to insure that this happens.

If elected I will look for candidates who are strongly committed to the AAS, who are energetic and have the capacity to lead. I will look for candidates who will maintain or increase both the demographic and intellectual diversity of the AAS leadership.

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Patricia Knezek


Biography

Degrees and Education

  • University of Massachusetts (1993), Ph.D.

Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

  • Evolution of galaxies
  • Star formation in galaxies, especially in dwarf and low surface brightness galaxies

AAS Positions:

  • Council member (2010-2013)
  • Investment Advisory Committee (2012-2013)
  • Demographics Committee (2011-2014)
  • Appointments Committee (2010-2013)
  • Sustainability Committee (2010-2014)
  • Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (2002-2008, chair 2003-2007)

Services, Roles, and Activities

  • Director, WIYN Observatory (2010-2013)
  • U.S. Delegate, World Radiocommunications Conference (2015)
  • Director, WIYN Observatory (2010-2013)
  • Deputy Director, WIYN Observatory (2005-2010)
  • Scientist, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (2001-2013)
  • WFC3 Team member (1999-2001)
  • Elected “Fellow,” Association for Women in Science (2007)

Committees:

  • Chair, NOAO Telescope Allocation Committee (extragalactic; 2009)
  • Member, Demographics Working Group for Astro2010 Decadal Survey (2009)
  • Member, IYA2009: "She is an Astronomer" IAU Task Group (2008-2011)
  • Chair, CSWA-sponsored AAS Longitudinal Study Ad Hoc Committee (2006-2013)
  • Member, Washington Area Astronomers Executive Committee (1999-2001)
  • Space Telescope Science Institute Director’s Leadership Forum (2000-2001)
  • Space Telescope Science Institute Key Users Committee (2000-2001)

Professional Experience and Positions

  • American Astronomical Society (1987-present)
  • International Astronomical Union (2009-present)
  • Association for Women in Science (2006-present)
  • High Energy Astrophysics Division (1994-present)

Panels:

  • NSF astronomy proposal review (AAPF; PREST (chair); CAREER; AAG)
  • AAS Small Research Grant review panel (2004)
  • IDEAS grants review panel 2005; 2001 (chair); 2000)
  • NASA/IGES (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2002)
  • Member of organizing committees for five international meetings, plus organized numerous AAS Special Sessions

While CSWA Chair, oversaw the creation and endorsement of the “Pasadena Recommendations,” and co-founded the Longitudinal Study

Served as AAS Council liaison for the successful establishment of the Working Group on LGBTIQ Equality (WGLE; now Committee for Sexual-Orientation & Gender Minorities in Astronomy [SGMA])

Candidate Statement

I am currently a federal employee, but if elected will serve as a private citizen. Throughout my astronomical career I have been an advocate for diversity. Given that the AAS serves as the voice of our astronomical community, it is critical that the individuals who are nominated to run for office reflect the diversity that our community encompasses. My broad range of experience includes experience in the federal sector, former Director of a consortium that serves the entire astronomical community through NOAO, a range of experience at large and small educational institutions, and being a scientist at NOAO. My research background spans research from X-rays to radio, working at universities (both as a researcher and teacher), working at both ground-based and space-based centers, living and working in both the northern and southern hemispheres, and teaching secondary school science. I have experience working with individuals in nearly all areas of astronomy in many different venues, and have been involved in education and public outreach for my entire career. My broad background and experience provides me with significant knowledge of our community, and if elected, I will work to ensure that each slate of AAS candidates represents a diverse group of candidates.

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Paul Coleman


Biography

Professional Title/Position

University of Hawai`i, Institute for Astronomy; Astrophysicist

Degrees and Education

  • University of Pittsburgh (1985), Ph.D.

Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

  • Radio Astronomy
  • Fractals in Astrophysics
  • Large Scale Structure of the Universe
  • Active Galactic Nuclei
  • Astronomy Education and Outreach

AAS Positions:
  • Chair - “Hawaiian Astronomy and Navigation” 210th AAS Meeting
  • Chair - “Astronomy in Hawai`i, Past, Present, Future” IAUGA 2015 Meeting
  • Services, Roles, and Activities

    • American Physical Society
    • The International Astronomical Union
    • Director - IfA Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
    • Project Scientist Faulkes Telescope North on Haleakala
    • Astrophysics and Hawaiian content Advisor - 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii
    • Faculty Diversity Committee for the UH Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
    • Member - The Native Science Academy and Hawaiian Language Lexicon Committee
    • Member - Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
    • Advisor - Indigeneous Education Institute

    Candidate Statement

    As I see it, the nominating board has two main charges. First, we must guarantee the future of the AAS by involving our younger members in leadership roles. Secondly, we need to increase the diversity of our leadership in order to reflect the growing diversity of our Society. As a native Hawaiian, I have spent a good deal of effort doing exactly these things at various levels at the University of Hawaii and would like to continue and expand these efforts at the national level represented by the AAS.

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    Ralph Kraft


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; Astrophysicist

    Degrees and Education

    • Pennsylvania State University (1995), Ph.D.

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • High energy astrophysics
    • AGN jets
    • Black holes
    • Clusters of galaxies
    • Formation of structure
    • Astrophysical hydrodynamics
    • The outer planets
    • Instrumentation for future astrophysics and planetary science missions

    AAS Positions:

    • Member AAS (1989-present)
    • Member AAS High Energy Astrophysics Division (1995-present)
    • Member AAS Division of Planetary Sciences (2011-present)

    Services, Roles, and Activities

    • Proposal review panels (XMM-Newton, ADAP, SI Consortium, etc.) (1995-present)
    • Chandra High Resolution Camera instrument team: Scientific co-investigator (1995-present)
    • Project scientist (2013-2015)
    • Principle investigator (2015-present)
    • SOC co-chair ``Radio Galaxies in the Chandra Era'' (2008)
    • SOC co-chair ``Charge exchange X-rays in current and future astrophysical researches'' (2015)

    Candidate Statement

    The AAS mission is to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the Universe. A well-led AAS ensures that our research, teaching, and outreach have the broadest possible impacts. By selecting the candidates for key AAS offices, the Nominating Committee has a critical responsibility that strongly influences the future direction of the AAS. My goals as a member of the Nominating Committee would be twofold. First, since the AAS is relatively close, but very diverse, community, I would ensure that our nominees reflect this diversity. In particular, it is important that any slate of nominees reflect the major research institutions and the smaller academic institutes, as well as the diverse cultural, gender, and ethnic backgrounds of our members. Second, it is critical that nominees bring the enthusiasm, broad vision, open mind, and varied experience necessary to lead the AAS. My first AAS meeting was the January, 1990 meeting in Washington, DC. I still remember the excitement and energy I felt listening to the talks, walking among all the posters, and most importantly talking with the other participants who truly loved this work. I am honored to stand for election to the Nominating Committee.

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    Derek Buzasi


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Florida Gulf Coast University; Professor and Whitaker Eminent Scholar

    Degrees and Education

    • Penn State University (1989), Ph.D.

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • Variable stars
    • Asteroseismology
    • Exoplanets
    • Instrumentation

    AAS Positions

    • Member, AAS, HEAD, SPD (1988-present)
    • AAS Agent (2014-present)
    • AAS Career Center (2014-15)

    Services, Roles, and Activities

    • IAU (2003-present)
    • Sigma Xi (1990-present)
    • Numerous NASA review and advisory panels, including ADP/ADP, LTSA, Astrophysics Theory, Chandra, Keck, Kepler, AISR, Explorer Program, NVO SDT, etc.
    • NSF review panels, including AAG, GRFP, etc.
    • NASA Visiting Senior Scientist (Rotator, 1994-96)
    • Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium (KASC, 2000-present)

    Candidate Statement

    The nominating committee’s task is to identify capable, dedicated, and enthusiastic candidates for AAS leadership positions who reflect all of the varied qualities and qualifications of the society’s members. I have worked in a broad range of institutions, from small colleges to research universities and governmental organizations, and made use a cross-section of astronomical tools including multiwavelength observations, theory, and instrumentation, which gives me a strong basis for identifying such candidates. I’ve served productively on numerous committees from the institutional to the national level, and understand how to contribute in collegial yet meaningful ways. Finally, I also believe that the committee membership should reflect the society as a whole, and my current status as a faculty member at a comprehensive university will help to give voice to those society members who are not at research universities. If elected, I would be honored to serve as a member of the nominating committee, and would provide thoughtful and conscientious service to the AAS.

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    Stella Kafka


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    AAVSO; Director

    Degrees and Education

    • Indiana University (2015), Ph.D.

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • Cataclysmic Variables
    • Active low-mass stars

    Candidate Statement

    As the AAVSO director, I have a deep understanding and first-hand experience of the significance of a strong council. The AAS officers and council members have decision-making powers regarding matters of policy, direction, strategy, and governance of the organization. They define the scientific, educational and outreach directions of our community, ensuring the AAS vision and mission are realized. They formulate key policies and strategic goals, focusing both on near-term and longer-term challenges and opportunities. They are the backbone of the Society, determining its present and future based on the Society members’s needs in a challenging (professional and fiscal) landscape. They are the Society’s leaders, representatives and servants.

    The first step to securing such a group of individuals, is to identify those whose skillset and commitment will best serve our community. As a member of the nominating committee, I pledge to ensure that the identified pool of candidates for both officers and council is representative of our diverse community and is committed to the AAS’s mission and growth.

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    Vice-President

    Description:
    • Serves on Council;
    • Responsible for selecting invited speakers for AAS meetings;
    • Responsible for overall scientific content of AAS meetings;
    • Two senior Vice-Presidents serve on the Executive Committee.
    Term Elected For: 3 years
    Currently Serving: Chryssa Kouveliotou, Jack O. Burns, Chick Woodward

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    Todd Boroson


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT, Inc.); President & Observatory Director

    Degrees and Education

    • University of Arizona (1980), Ph.D.

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • Quasars and AGN
    • Stellar populations and their evolution
    • Structure and properties of galaxies
    • Instrumentation
    • Astronomical software and data analysis techniques
    • Time domain research techniques

    AAS Positions:

    • Heineman Prize Committee (2007-2009, chair: 2009)
    • AAS Executive Officer Search Committee (2005)
    • Councilor (2003-2006)

    Services, Roles, and Activities

    • Member of NRC Committee on a Strategy to Optimize the U.S. OIR System in the Era of the LSST (2014)
    • Interim Director, NOAO (2007-2008)
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee – Member of Ground-based OIR Program Prioritization Panel (2010); Member of Survey Committee and Vice-Chair of Ground-based OIR Panel (2000)
    • Co-Chair of Organizing Committee for three community Workshops on the OIR System (2000, 2004, 2006)
    • Member of Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (1997-2000)

    Candidate Statement

    The primary responsibility of the AAS Vice-Presidents is to manage the scientific content of the AAS meetings, including the selection of invited speakers. To me, the meetings are the special activity of the AAS. I have been going to AAS meetings since…well, a long time, and I have always enjoyed the chance to (a) visit with colleagues I see only occasionally, (b) talk with new young researchers in my areas of interest, and (c) hear interesting talks about new subjects. I would be thrilled and honored to help plan future meetings and to try to make them engaging for the entire astronomical community. I also look forward to participating in Council discussion and activities and to help make the (funding/research/society) environment better for all members of the AAS.

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    James D. Lowenthal


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Smith College; Professor of Astronomy

    Degrees and Education

    • University of Arizona (1991), Ph.D.

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • High-redshift galaxies
    • Galaxy formation and evolution
    • Starburst galaxies
    • QSO absorption line systems
    • Sub-millimeter galaxies

    AAS Positions:

    • AAS Council (2009-2012)
    • AAS Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy (2012-2015)
    • AAS Sustainability Committee (2010-2015)

    Services, Roles, and Activities

    • AAS Task Force on Meetings (2015)
    • CAPP representative, AAAC task force on grant proposal success rate (2014-2015)
    • NASA Cosmic Origins Program Advisory Group (COPAG; 2012-2015)
    • NASA/Keck Time Allocation Panel panelist and chair (2013-2014)
    • NASA/Hubble Space Telescope review panel (2012, 2011, 1996)
    • NASA/Spitzer Space Telescope review panel (2006, 2004)
    • NSF review panel (2004)
    • NOAO Users Committee member and chair (2003-2009)
    • NASA/SIRTF Fellowship review panel (2002)
    • NASA/Hubble Fellowship review panel (1998)

    Candidate Statement

    I am honored to be considered for Vice President of the AAS, my professional home for the last 25 years. The primary job of the VPs is to organize the AAS meetings, and I will do my best to ensure that they continue to be top-notch events with great speakers, engaging workshops, and many opportunities for all astronomers but especially the younger ones to share their exciting results and meet each other. I will also strive to keep making them the best possible showcases of our field to the rest of the world. Many good ideas for making AAS meetings even stronger were offered among more than 500 responses to the recent survey by the AAS Task Force on Meetings — of which I'm a member — and I will turn to those responses for guidance.

    I look forward in particular to helping the AAS: 1. Counter the increasing trend of public mistrust and misrepresentation of science; 2. Promote diversity in astronomy, which is improving following decades of effort — witness the current makeup of Council — but still has a long way to go to achieve a AAS that reflects the demographics of the US population at large; and 3. Educate the public and decision-makers about climate change and other planetary science-related issues that threaten many global social systems.

    My experience on AAS Council showed me how important it is to keep finding new ways for the Society to engage with its membership. In my job as Professor of Astronomy at a small liberal arts college for women, I love the myriad opportunities to integrate values and knowledge from many different disciplines and to teach and learn from diverse colleagues and students. I will bring the same enthusiasm and experience to the AAS and its meetings as Vice President.

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    Secretary

    Description:
    • Voting Member of the Executive Committee and Council;
    • Preparing and distributing the agendas and minutes of Council Meetings;
    • Official signor for the AAS;
    • Sits on AIP Governing Board (when elected);
    • Member and Secretary, USNC-IAU;
    • Collects, counts and certifies ballots for all Society elections;
    • Solicits nominations for AAS awards; and
    • Selects session chairs for meetings.
    Term Elected For: 3 years
    Currently Serving: George F. (Fritz) Benedict

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    George F. (Fritz) Benedict


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Senior Research Scientist (Emeritus)

    Degrees and Education

    Ph.D.: Northwestern University (1972)

    Affiliations

    McDonald Observatory, University of Texas

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    Astrometry, space astrometry, low mass stars, binary stars, exoplanet detection and characterization

    Services, Roles, and Activities

    • AAS Secretary (2010-present)
    • AAS Division on Dynamical Astronomy, Chairman (1998-1999)
    • AAS Vice-Chairman (1997-1998)
    • AAS Member, Executive Committee (1993-1995)

    Candidate Statement

    I have enjoyed being your Secretary over the past five years, even more than I had anticipated. I hope that my performance has earned your continued support.
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    Councilor

    Description:
    • As members of the governing board of the AAS, Councilors have the legal responsibility to manage, direct, and control the affairs and property of the Society. Within the limits of the Bylaws, the Council determines the policies of the Society and changes to them, and it has discretion in the disbursement of the Society's funds.
    Term Elected For: 3 years
    Currently Serving: Geoffrey Clayton, Dawn M. Gelino, Dara J. Norman, Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Buell T. Jannuzi, Stephen C. Unwin, Daniela Calzetti, Sally Oey, and Nancy Chanover

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    Adam Burgasser


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    UC San Diego, Department of Physics; Professor

    Degrees and Education

    • Caltech (2001), Ph.D.

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • Very low mass stars, brown dwarfs and exoplanets
    • Stellar spectroscopy and classification
    • Binary systems
    • Radio astrometry
    • Physics/astrophysics education research
    • Astronomy/art collaboratories

    AAS Positions:

    • Chair, Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA; 2013-present)
    • Member, Warner & Pierce Prize Committee (2013-present)

    Services, Roles, and Activities

    • Member, International Astronomical Union Commission 45 (Stellar Classification) 2007-2015
    • Science Organizing Committee, Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun 16 (2010) and 19 (2016)
    • Representative, California Professoriate for the Advancement of Physics Careers (2010-present)
    • Representative, USRA (2010-present)
    • Advisory Committee Member, Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators (2012-present)
    • Co-Director, UCSD-Morehouse-Spelman UC-HBCU Physics Pathways Program (2013-present)
    • Steering Committee Member, Cal-Bridge Program (2014-present)
    • Co-Chair, LSST Solar Neighborhood Working Group (2014-present)
    • Co-Organizer, Inclusive Astronomy Conference (2014-2015)

    Candidate Statement

    Astronomy inspires people from all ages, backgrounds and abilities to be curious about the Universe, explore the physical underpinnings of Nature, and develop critical and scientific thinking. Yet, like many fields of physical science, our profession does not reflect the demographic composition of our nation, and various forms of subtle and overt racism, sexism, genderism, ableism, classism, and other exclusionary practices prevent the full spectrum of people, ideas and perspectives from being brought to bear on the greatest problems of our Universe.

    As Chair of the CSMA, I have worked with our community to identify and address barriers to entry and advancement in Astronomy, including: financial barriers and biases associated with the GRE, imbalance in resources and opportunities for students and faculty of color at HBCUs and MSIs, and accessibility for all abilities. I served on the organizing committee for the first Inclusive Astronomy Conference, and am working with co-organizers and the community to develop recommendations to improve the climate for ALL astronomers. As a AAS Councilor, I will make sure our Committees of Community (CSWA, CSMA, SGMA) have a voice in AAS governance, and will serve the diverse community of students, amateurs and professionals that comprise our Society.

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    Jessica Kirkpatrick


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Hired Inc.; Data Scientist

    Degrees and Education

    • UC Berkeley (2012), Ph.D.

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • Dark matter
    • Dark energy
    • Large scale structure
    • Data science

    AAS Positions:

    • Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (2012-present)

    Services, Roles, and Activities

    • Editor of the Women in Astronomy Blog
    • State of the Universe Meeting with Congress (2015)
    • Organizing committee for establishing a AAS working group for people with disabilities
    • Member of the Editorial Board of Data4America
    • Founder and moderator of the Equity and Inclusion in Physics and Astronomy Facebook Community
    • Founder and moderator of the Physicists and Astronomers Turned Data Scientists Facebook Community
    • Contributor to Astrobetter blog
    • Contributor to Astronomy in Color blog
    • Organizer of Impostor Syndrome Special Session at AAS 225 meeting
    • Invited Speaker at the Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics Special Session at AAS 225 Meeting
    • Head Coordinator of the Society for Women in the Physical Sciences at UC Berkeley (2006-2009)

    Candidate Statement

    My first goal for being on the council is to broaden the perspective of the AAS to include astronomers who are currently working in industry. I believe this is an area where we as a community are missing an opportunity to engage many Astronomy PhDs who are no longer practicing "traditional" astronomy, but are still valuable assets to our community. I also believe we could serve students and early career astronomers better by being aware of the various career paths for astronomers and have better representation of people who have pursued these paths within AAS leadership.

    My second goal for being on the council is to leverage my experience on the CSWA, the Women in Astronomy Blog, and the Equity & Inclusion in Physics and Astronomy Community to help the AAS better serve those who are currently underrepresented in astronomy and/or marginalized by society as a whole. I would like to better unify the AAS committees (CSMA, CSWA, and SGMA) to have a more intersectional approach to the AAS's equity and inclusion efforts. As a person with a disability, I would also like to help the AAS to better serve underrepresented groups who are not currently encompassed by the current committees.

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    Paul Martini


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Ohio State University; Professor of Astronomy

    Degrees and Education

    • Ohio State University (2000), Ph.D.

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • Multi-wavelength extragalactic astronomy, especially galaxies and AGN
    • Instrumentation for ground-based telescopes

    Services, Roles, and Activities

    • Gemini Observatory Science and Technology Advisory Committee (Member: 2013-present, Chair: 2014-present)
    • Chandra Users' Committee (Member: 2013-present)
    • US TMT Science Working Group (2013-2014)
    • Dark Energy Survey Collaboration Science Committee (2008-present)
    • Einstein Fellowship Panel
    • Scientific Organizing Committee Chair, Gemini 2015 Science and Futures Meeting
    • Scientific Organizing Committee Member, LBT 2014 Users' Meeting
    • Scientific Organizing Committee Member, 4th Spitzer Science Center Conference
    • NASA Review Panels for Chandra, Hubble, and Spitzer
    • NSF Review Panels for AST and ATI

    Candidate Statement

    The field of astronomy enjoys great popular interest, and it is very important that the Society works to translate this interest into stronger popular support for science and science education. If elected as a Councilor, I would help strengthen the Society's efforts to communicate the importance of scientific research and education to policy makers, educators, and the general public. Regular and consistent communication with policy makers is critical to keep the resources available to the astronomy community allocated in close alignment with our priorities, as expressed by our strategic planning processes. As a multi-wavelength observer and instrumentalist, I am directly impacted by many of these planning efforts. I would also endeavor to strengthen the Society's efforts to support the training and mentoring of the next generation of astronomers. A critical component of this effort is to help the astronomy community identify and eliminate biases and barriers that inhibit the participation of historically under-represented groups. Finally, the education landscape is changing rapidly due to substantial growth in on-line learning and new technology tools. As one who regularly teaches non-science majors, I am eager to expand the Society's role as a forum for sharing resources and research results on effective teaching.

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    Eric Gawiser


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Rutgers University; Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy

    Degrees and Education

    • UCBerkeley (1999), Ph.D.

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • Galaxy formation
    • Galaxy evolution
    • Observational cosmology
    • Large-scale structure
    • Multiwavelength surveys

    AAS Positions:

    • Member (1997-present)
    • AAS Agent for Rutgers University (2013-present)
    • Member, Working Group on Astroinformatics & Astrostatistics (2014-present)

    Services, Roles, and Activities

    • Enabling Science Committee of the LSST Corporation (2013-present)
    • NOAO Users’ Committee (2007-2013, Chair 2011-2013)
    • Organizing Committee Chair, AAS Meeting-in-a-Meeting on “Lyman Alpha Emitters as Probes of Galaxy Formation and Cosmology” (Summer 2012)
    • Steering Committee, National User Facility Organization (2010-2012)
    • Hayden Planetarium Associate, AMNH (2007-2011)
    • With Ginny McSwain, wrote AAS Newsletter article on “Making the Job Application Process More Efficient” (2010)
    • Scientific Collaborations: MUSYC (PI), LSST Large-Scale Structure Science Collaboration (Co-Chair), LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (Collaboration Council), LADUMA (Coordinating Council), CANDELS, UVUDF, HETDEX

    Candidate Statement

    The AAS is an incredibly successful society to which I am grateful for furthering my own interest and career in astrophysics. However, I believe that our profession could improve rapidly if we devote ourselves to fighting biases about the background, appearance, and career paths that define an astronomer. Towards this end, I will push AAS to (1) Implement the Inclusive Astronomy 2015 recommendations, (2) Redefine itself as the professional society for everyone with an undergraduate degree in astronomy/astrophysics who works in academia, research, or the private sector, and (3) Emphasize professional development and beyond-academia career networking as much as research at our meetings. AAS is far more capable than academic departments to prepare young astronomers for the rewarding careers that exist outside of academia. Our society has already taken steps in this direction by including career development workshops and the Career Networking and Job Fair. Adding recruiting efforts to broaden and diversify our membership will result in a more vibrant society. We must continually reassess the AAS by gauging the success of its youngest members and not restricting our concept of success to tenure-track faculty jobs. Whether for me or my outstanding colleagues running for Council, please vote!

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    Jenny E. Greene


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Princeton University; Associate Professor

    Degrees and Education

    • Harvard University (2006), Ph.D.

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • Galaxy evolution
    • Supermassive black holes

    Services, Roles, and Activities

    • AURA board (2012-present)
    • Space Telescope User Committee (2014-present)
    • Many TACs (HST, Chandra, NOAO, Kepler)
    • Prison Teaching Initiative, Teacher and organizer (2006-present)

    Candidate Statement

    I would bring the perspective of an observer in a theoretical department with limited observational resources to the AAS council. As a woman who grew up in the Bronx, I am very committed to moving the demographics of the field to match that of the country as a whole. I spend a significant amount of time on a STEM education program in New Jersey state prisons. I would welcome the chance to work on related issues for the field of astronomy within the AAS.

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    Stefanie Milam


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Research Scientist and JWST Deputy Project Scientist for Planetary Science

    Degrees and Education

    University of Arizona (2007)

    Affiliations

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • Comets and Primitive Bodies
    • Evolved Stars
    • Star Formation
    • Galactic Chemical Evolution
    • Laboratory Astrophysics
    • Infrared Astronomy
    • Radio/Millimeter/Submillimeter Astronomy

    Services, Roles, and Activities

    • American Astronomical Society member (2002 – present)
    • Division for Planetary Sciences member (2008 – present)

    Professional Experience and Positions

    • James Webb Space Telescope Deputy Project Scientist for Planetary Science (2012 – current)
    • Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array Time Allocation Committee (2015 – 2018)
    • Far Infrared Surveyor Report Team (2015)
    • Hubble Space Telescope Solar System Advisory Committee (2013 – 2014)
    • Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group - Science Analysis Group #9 (2014)

    Candidate Statement

    My goal for being on the council is to represent multidisciplinary scientists and those from more focused communities (e.g. planetary astronomy and laboratory astrophysics). Some of the most popular scientific topics to the general public, and those that inspire future astronomers/scientists and leverage congressional support for the entire field, are often from these smaller groups.

    As a scientist involved in both astrophysical and planetary science research, I can provide a unique perspective into the distinct and common needs of both communities and bridge the gap in future initiatives. By bridging this gap, the community resources/facilities are more fully utilized. Thus, a more integrated society, that supports all sub-disciplines working on focused goals and missions, will be more efficient and successful. Additionally, I think the broader astronomical community should focus on the theoretical and laboratory needs to advance the return on investment for current research assets (facilities, observatories, laboratories, etc).

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    Jay Pasachoff


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Williams College; Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy and Director, Hopkins Observatory

    Secondary Affilation/Position:

    Caltech, Visitor in Planetary Science

    Degrees and Education

    • Harvard University (1969), Ph.D.

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • Sun (corona at eclipses; chromosphere from observatories; chromosphere and corona from spacecraft)
    • Solar system (occultation observations of Pluto and other objects in the outer solar system)
    • Radio observations of cosmic deuterium
    • History of astronomy

    AAS Positions:

    • Chair, Historical Astronomy Division (2013-2015)
    • Chair, Doggett Prize Committee (2015-2017)
    • Education Prize (2003)
    • Eclipse 2017 Task Force (2015-present)
    • AAS Agent (2013-present)
    • Astronomy Education Advisory Board (1990-1997)
    • Co-organizer, 40+E (2012-present)
    • Representative of the AAS to the AAAS (2004-present)

    Services, Roles, and Activities

    IAU Offices

    • President, Commission 46 on Education and Development (2003-06)
    • U.S. National Liaison to Commission 46, 1979-2015; now C.C1 (2015-present)
    • Chair, Working Group on Solar Eclipses (1985-present)
    • Johannes Kepler Working Group of the History of Astronomy Commission (2009-present)
    • Organizing Committee, History of Astronomy Commission C.C3 (2015-2018)
    • Chair, Program Group on Public Education on the Occasions of Eclipses and Transits (2009-2015)
    • Representative of the AAS to the AAAS (2004-present)

    Other relevant items

    • 2012 Prix-Jules-Janssen of the Société Astronomique de France
    • Fellow, Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (2010-present)
    • Terzian Lecturer, Cornell University (2013)
    • Getty Fellow for a book on comets in art (1994-5)
    • Optical observations from a variety of telescopes on Mauna Kea and elsewhere
    • Radio observations from a variety of telescopes in the US, Australia, and elsewhere
    • Space observations relevant to solar, planetary, and cosmological projects with solar satellites and with Hubble
    • Chair, AAAS Astronomy Division (1987-88 and 1997-98)
    • NASA Astrophysics Council (1990-1992)
    • Member, Institute for Advanced Study (1989-90)
    • Honorary Membership: Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (2003-present)
    • Council of Advisors, Astronomy Education Review (2002-2012)
    • grantee from NSF, NASA, National Geographic
    • Fellow, APS
    • Fellow, AAAS
    • Fellow, RAS
    • Fellow, Intl. Planetarium Soc.

    Candidate Statement

    I have attended essentially all AAS fall and spring meetings since not long after I began graduate school in 1963, plus the 1960-61 pair in New York City and Nantucket before that as an undergraduate, so I have grown up scientifically and intellectually with the AAS and its activities. It would be an honor to be, as a Councilor, in the room the days before the meetings where the directions of AAS activities are discussed and determined. I have also long attended the Solar Physics Division meetings and, more recently because of my occultation studies that branched off eclipse equipment, at the Division of Planetary Sciences meetings, recently organizing History of Astronomy sessions at them.

    My attendance at meetings and my preparation of my textbooks in astronomy have given me an appreciation of the wide range of astronomical research, and I hope to be able to be a representative of researchers across the spectrum--both the electromagnetic spectrum and the spectrum of subjects. Further, I am familiar with how astronomy is carried out at graduate/postdoc-heavy institutions and at liberal-arts colleges, so I hope, too, to be able to be a fair representative of and evaluator of the needs and desires of a wide range of AAS members. I keep in touch with our alumni and alumnae, who now are widely ranging in age and experience, about their careers and career decisions.

    In addition, I have devoted a good portion of my career not only to research but also to education and to public outreach. The forthcoming total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, whose 60-mile-wide band of totality will stretch from Pacific to Atlantic and whose partial phases will be visible throughout North America and beyond, will be an especially interesting opportunity for AAS leadership in explaining why it is interesting and inspiring for students and for the general public to see the eclipse and in providing accurate safety information to head off common misconceptions about eclipses, as well as helping and coordinating scientific expeditions from around the world who will be observing from our country.

    At Williams College, we have been able to graduate a diverse set including alumni and alumnae from underrepresented populations and I also look forward to working within the AAS and beyond to continue to broaden the appeal of astronomy and the education of potential astronomers.

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    USNC-IAU

    Description:
    • The US National Committee for the International Astronomical Union (USNC-IAU) represents the interests of the US astronomical community and safeguards the intellectual vigor of the Union.
    Term Elected For: 3 years
    Currently Serving:
    • Lynne Hillenbrand, Chair (Jan 2015 - Dec 2016)
    • Bruce Balick (Jan 2008 - Dec 2015)
    • Edward F. Guinan (Jan 2008 - Dec 2016)
    • Sara R. Heap (Jan 2011 - Dec 2015)
    • Steven D. Kawaler (Jan 2014 - Dec 2017)
    • Kenneth I. Kellermann (Jan 2015 - Dec 2016)
    • Chryssa Kouveliotou (Jan 2008 - Dec 2015)
    • Arlo U. Landolt (Jan 2008 - Dec 2016)
    • Kevin B. Marvel (Jan 2015 - Dec 2017)
    • James M. Moran (Jan 2008 - Dec 2015)
    • David R. Soderblom (Jun 2014 - Dec 2017)
    • David N. Spergel (Jan 2012 - Dec 2015)

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    Tom Maccarone


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Texas Tech University; Associate Professor

    Degrees and Education

    • Yale University (2001), Ph.D.

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • Accreting compact objects
    • Evolution of binary stars
    • Dynamics of star clusters

    Services, Roles, and Activities

    • Scientific Organizing Committees for typically 1-2 international meetings per year
    • Member of the Chandra Users' Committee, starting in 2015
    • Member of typically 1-2 time allocation committees per year
    • Chair of INTEGRAL (International Gamma-ray Astrophysics Laboratory) Time Allocation Committee (2011-2012)

    Candidate Statement

    The International Astronomical Union is of fundamental importance to the world community. In addition to its role in promoting internationalism in astronomy, and serving as a place where a consensus can be developed where required, it provides one of the few sources of funding for promoting the growth of astronomy in developing countries, and, perhaps even more importantly, the recognition of the fundamental value of the basic sciences in the developing world. From my own personal perspective, internationalization is fundamentally important: my four PhD students who have finished have gone on to postdocs in Africa, Asia, Australia and the United States, and I, myself, have worked on both sides of the Atlantic and maintain collaborations with scientists on all continents other than Antarctica.

    One of the key challenges for the IAU in coming years will be to deal with data access issues as we move forward. Some major new facilities, such as the Square Kilometer Array, appear to be moving away from open access proposal models, and countries which have not had extended traditions in producing world class facilities are starting to develop space programs and make major investments in ground-based facilities. Multi-messenger facilities (e.g. neutrino, Cerenkov, and gravitational wave telescopes and arrays), which have traditionally operated as physics experiments, where only the team members have data access, rather than as observatories, are likely to start providing the same breadth and depth of data that traditional observatories do. The IAU can, and should, serve as a place where the new challenges are discussed: how can we ensure, all at once, that countries have incentives to invest in facilities; that science is developed in nations where it has not traditionally been strong; that instrument builders have strong incentives to invest years of their lives in developing new facilities for the community; all while ensuring that facilities are used for the best science possible? The IAU cannot solve all these problems, but it can make recommendations that can provide a framework for good community practices, and, in some cases, help scientists to convince politicians in their home countries of why open access policies on telescopes (and, for theorists, on supercomputing facilites) are good for everyone.

    The United States has traditionally taken a real leadership role with its national facilities in supporting open skies. As we move into an era when a broader range of countries are producing world class facilities, we need to push for the American model of shared access, to promote the best possible science regardless of one's host institution, to be the world model. We must recognize both the value that this has to the rest of the world community in being able to use American facilities, but also to American astronomers, especially at smaller institutions, in having access to the full suite of facilities around the globe.

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    Xiaohui Fan


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    University of Arizona; Regents' Professor of Astronomy

    Degrees and Education

    • Princeton University (2000), Ph.D.

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • eEtragalactic astronomy and cosmology
    • High-redshift quasars
    • Supermassive black holes
    • Cosmic reionization
    • Intergalactic medium
    • Galaxy evolution
    • Large scale structure
    • Astronomical surveys

    AAS Positions:

    • Warner and Pierce Prize Committee (2014 - present)

    Services, Roles, and Activities

    • International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics Network (ICRANet), Steering Committee (2014 - present)
    • Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) Project, Institutional Board; Imaging Working Group, Co-Chair (2014 - present)
    • Large Binocular Telescope Observatory, Scientific Advisory Committee, Chair; Scientific and Technical Committee, Chair (2008 - present)
    • Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Advisory Committee (2008 - present); Collaboration Council, (2000 - 2002, 2008 - 2011); Quasar Working Group, Co-Chair (2000 - 2008)
    • Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University, Advisory Committee (2012 - 2014)
    • Chinese Thirty-Meter-Telescope Advisory Committee (2010 - present)
    • Giant Magellan Telescope, Instrumentation Development Panel (2012); Science Working Group (2004 - 2008)
    • WFIRST Science Definition Team (2012)
    • ALMA - North American Science Advisory Committee (2003 - 2007)
    • Review Panels and Committees: NSF, HST, Spitzer, Chandra, Hubble Fellowship, NAOC

    Candidate Statement

    My connection to the IAU started in 1992, when, as an undergraduate student in China, I participated in the International School for Young Astronomers (ISYA) organized by the IAU; I also met my future wife during the school, and last summer, we celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary in Hawaii. My career has been closely associated with large international projects, such as SDSS, LBT, GMT and DESI. At both professional and personal levels, I deeply appreciate the importance of international collaboration and the power of diversity in advancing astronomy on the world stage, and strongly believe in the leadership roles the US community must play in the future of our field.

    There are two areas that I am especially interested in contributing as a member of the USNC-IAU: (1) in this era of large surveys and big data, astronomical research is becoming more global and more democratic. This data revolution presents both challenges and opportunities for the international community. (2) The education and outreach activities of IAU, such as ISYA, especially those in the developing world, have directly benefited people like myself, and should continue to grow in order to attract new global talents.

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