DDA 2017 Election

Division on Dynamical Astronomy Election Ballot 2017 - Voting Ends on 10 March, 2017 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time Zone)

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The 2017 election for Vice Chair, Secretary, and Committee-persons is now open, and will close on 10 March 2017.

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Current time: Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 05:34:12 pm EST (-05:00 GMT)

Voting opened: Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 12:01:00 am EST (-05:00 GMT)
Voting closed: Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:59:59 pm EST (-05:00 GMT)

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Vice Chair

Description:

The Vice-Chair may act for the Chair at the latter's request and shall act for the Chair in the event that the latter is incapacitated serves on the SOC for division meetings finds site for meeting two years hence.

Term Elected For: 2017-2018
Currently Serving: Luke Dones (2016-2017)

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Seth Jacobson


Biography

Professional Title/Position

Research Scientist

Degrees and Education

  • 2012 PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder
  • 2010 MS from the University of Colorado at Boulder
  • 2008 BS from Cornell University
  • Affiliations

    Joint affiliation at Universität Bayreuth and the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

  • Planetary dynamics
  • Solar system evolution
  • Planet formation
  • Small body dynamics
  • Gas-solid interactions
  • Services, Roles, and Activities

  • 2015-2017 DDA committee member
  • Frequent journal referee and review panelist
  • Professional Experience and Positions

  • 2013-2017 Postdoctoral research scientist
  • 2008-2012 Graduate research assistant
  • Candidate Statement

    I would be glad to lead the DDA through the upcoming year as vice chair, then chair and post-chair. Recent experience on the DDA committee has familiarized myself with the roles of each of these positions. Leading a successful annual meeting is the most important aspect of the DDA leadership and I intend to continue our strong traditions as well as the new innovations such as the topical special sessions and the new early career prize. My leadership goals are to keep the DDA a scientifically important, financially healthy, and growing organization. I am strongly committed to keeping our meetings inclusive and places for an open exchange of all dynamic ideas.

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    Katherine Kretke


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    NPP Senior Research Fellow

    Degrees and Education

    • PhD University of California, Santa Cruz (2010)
    • BA University of Colorado Boulder (2004)

    Affiliations

    • Solar System Exploration Virtual Institute
    • Southwest Research Institute

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • Planet formation: Giant planet formation, Protoplanetary disks,
    • Planetary Dynamics: Small body dynamics, Exoplanets

    Services, Roles, and Activities

    • DDA Committee member (2013-2015)
    • DDA Liaison to the AAS Astronomy Education Board
    • DPS Scientific Organizing Committee (2013)

    Professional Experience and Positions

    • Postdoctoral Researcher - Southwest Research Institute (2010-2013)
    • Lecturer at the University of Colorado (2012)
    • Research Scientist - Southwest Research Institute (2013-2015)
    • Professional Development Program Instructor -- Institute for Scientist and Engineering Educators (2012-present)
    • SSERVI NPP Senior Research Fellow (2016-present)
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    Secretary

    Description:

    The Secretary shall send out necessary notices and announcements to the members of the Committee and to members of the Division. Announcements of meetings of the Division shall be prepared by the Secretary and transmitted to the appropriate officer of the Society for publication and distribution to all Society members.

    Term Elected For: 2017-2020
    Currently Serving: Sethanne Howard (2014-2017)

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    Sethanne Howard


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    USNO/retired Chief of the Nautical Almanac Office

    Degrees and Education

  • 1989 PhD from the Georgia State University
  • 1972 MS from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • 1965 BS from University of California Davis
  • Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

  • Galaxy dynamics
  • Galaxy simulations
  • Services, Roles, and Activities

  • 2015-2017 DDA Secretary
  • 1998-2000 NSF Program Director in extragalactic astronomy and cosmology
  • 1995-1998 NASA Headquarters Mission Operations and Analysis
  • Professional Experience and Positions

  • 1995-1997 Georgia State University instructor
  • 1997-1988 Emory University instructor
  • 1989-1991 Postdoctoral research scientist
  • 1991-1993 Gamma Ray Observatory
  • 1993-1995 NASA Headquarters
  • 1995-2000 NSF
  • 2000-2004 USNO
  • Candidate Statement

    The DDA is an amazing and unique resource for astronomers. I have been a member since the late 1980s. At each meeting I learn more and more about subjects that span the astronomical spectrum from cosmology to asteroids and always learn something unexpected. The wide diversity of our science opens an opportunity to learn about all the interesting areas of astronomy. The overall friendliness of the group encourages the newer members to contribute fully. I was a recipient of that open and welcoming atmosphere when I first joined, and I try to continue it. If elected I will be honored to serve as an officer for the DDA.

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    Committee

    Description:
    • Has general charge of the affairs of the Division
    • Reports the activities of the Division to the Council of the Society through the Chair or Secretary,
    • Sets an enrollment fee for new members, annual dues for all members, registration fees for meetings of the Division, or any combination of such fees and dues.
    • Meets at least once each year.
    Term Elected For: 2017-2019
    Currently Serving:
    • Seth Jacobson (2015-2017)
    • Joseph Spitale (2015-2017)
    • Christa Van Laerhoven (2015-2017)
    • Daniel Tamayo (2016-2018)
    • Konstantin Batygin (2016-2018)
    • Maryame El Moutamid (2016-2018)
    • Kelly Holley-Bockelmann (2016-2017)

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    Ann-Marie Madigan


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Assistant Professor

    Degrees and Education

  • Ph.D. Leiden University
  • B.Sc. University of Ireland, Galway
  • Affiliations

  • CU Boulder
  • JILA (associate member)
  • Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

  • Dynamics of stars and gas near supermassive black holes
  • Self-gravity of minor planets
  • Exoplanets
  • Services, Roles, and Activities

  • NASA external reviewer
  • HST panel member
  • Chair of Block Award committee
  • Professional Experience and Positions

    NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow & Theoretical Astrophysics Center (TAC) Fellow (UC Berkeley)

    Candidate Statement

    As a DDA committee member, I’d work to attract dynamists in diverse fields. When I attended my first meeting in Pasadena in 2015, I immediately felt at home and wished I’d heard about it sooner! I’m sure there are many dynamists in the same position and we can reach them.

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    Daniel Jontof-Hutter


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Assistant Professor

    Degrees and Education

    2012 Ph.D. in Astronomy, University of Maryland

    Affiliations

    University of the Pacific

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

  • Dusty rings: dynamics with gravity and magnetic fields
  • Transit Timing Variations: characterizing low mass planets, orbital parameters
  • Architectures of multi-planet systems, planet populations
  • Services, Roles, and Activities

  • Member of DPS, DDA
  • Co-organizer of Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science Symposium 2015
  • Mentor of undergraduate research
  • Co-organizer of National Capital Area Disks Group Meeting 2009
  • Various NASA review panels
  • Referee for ApJ, Icarus
  • Regular outreach activities
  • Professional Experience and Positions

  • 2016-present Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, University of the Pacific
  • 2014-2016 Research Associate, Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, Penn State University
  • 2016 Instructor in Undergraduate Astronomy, Penn State University
  • 2012-2014 NASA Postdoctoral Program fellow, AMES Research Center
  • 2007-2012 Research Assistant, Dept. of Astronomy, University of Maryland
  • 2005-2007 Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Astronomy, University of Maryland
  • Candidate Statement

    Because of its small size, interdisciplinary range of interests and collegial culture, the DDA meeting is simply the best conference. It would be an honor to serve on the committee and maintain this unique gathering, and I look forward to working hard to attract additional young scientists to solving problems with dynamics and joining the DDA.

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    Sarah Loebman


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Michigan Society of Fellows postdoctoral scholar, Hubble Fellow (fall 2017)

    Degrees and Education

    2013 PhD, University of Washington

    Affiliations

  • University of Michigan
  • University of California Davis (fall 2017)
  • Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

  • Galactic structure
  • Milky Way dynamics
  • Radial migration
  • N-Body+SPH simulations of galaxies
  • Galactic chemical evolution
  • The scientific application of database technology
  • Services, Roles, and Activities

  • 2006-2013 Committee member, Pre-Major in Astronomy Program (Pre-MAP)
  • 2010-present Program lead, Astronomy for the Sight Impaired Program (ASI)
  • Professional Experience and Positions

  • 2013-present Member, LSST Milky Way working group
  • 2016-present Member, DESI Milky Way working group
  • 2016-present Postdoctoral representative, UM astro Equity & Inclusion Committee
  • Candidate Statement

    The DDA has a long and respected history of promoting astronomy across a wide scale through a shared interest in dynamics. As a member of the committee, my primary goal will be to foster continued development in multi domain science and expand and broaden participation in the DDA, particularly among junior participants. To accomplish this, I will leverage my time as a Hubble Fellow to speak often and widely about the DDA in person and via social media (FB, Twitter, Slack, etc). I will utilize such online resources to survey the interests and needs of our membership, and I will make the development of resources and venues for promoting our junior members a top priority. As a researcher with cross disciplinary interests, ties in simulation and observational communities, and deep connections to minority serving programs, I have a range of venues that I can promote the DDA's efforts within. I will work to increase recognition of the Division, lead the development of resources for junior members, and encourage financial contribution to the Division at annual fee renewal time. I look forward to joining the DDA committee and supporting the next steps in our growth.

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    Siegfried Eggl


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    California Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Fellow

    Degrees and Education

    2013 University of Vienna, Austria

    Affiliations

    Current Affiliation
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology
  • Past Affiliations

  • Astro Dynamics Group (ADG), University of Vienna, Austria
  • Institut de Mecanique Celeste et de Calcul des Ephemerides (IMCCE), Observatoire de Paris, France
  • Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

  • Near Earth Asteroids
  • Astrodynamics
  • Exoplanets
  • Astrobiology
  • Computational Physics
  • Professional Experience and Positions

  • 2014-present Member, AAS
  • Member of the French Astronomical Society (SF2A)
  • Faculty board member at the University of Vienna, Austria
  • Candidate Statement

    The first time I have been invited to join a meeting of the Division of Dynamical Astronomy of the AAS in 2014, I was overwhelmed with the openness and kindness of its members. Since then I have had the pleasure to witness a ubiquitous dedication to foster diversity and ingenuity in the field of dynamical astronomy. Mirrored in the excellent quality of the meetings and high-profile awards, the DDA is an important platform to position and promote the field of dynamical astronomy in today’s vast research landscape. Thus, serving as a member of the committee would be a great honor for me. Naturally, such honors come with the responsibility to ensure the continued success of the organization. Being relatively new to the community, I believe I can offer a largely unbiased view on division affairs pledging myself to the principles of equal opportunity and diversity.

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    Davide Farnocchia


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Navigation Engineer

    Degrees and Education

  • 2012 Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Pisa
  • 2008 M.S. in Mathematics, University of Pisa
  • 2006 B.S. in Mathematics, University of Pisa
  • Affiliations

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

  • Orbit determination and dynamics of small Solar System bodies
  • Near-Earth asteroid surveys
  • Statistical treatment of astrometric data
  • Nongravitational perturbations
  • Impact hazard assessment
  • Services, Roles, and Activities

  • Member of the International Astronomical Union, Divisions A and F, Commissions A3, A4, and X2
  • Member of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society
  • Member of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy of the American Astronomical Society
  • Member of the Italian Society of Celestial Mechanics and Astrodynamics
  • Member of the OSIRIS-REx Science Team
  • Member of the Juno Navigation Team
  • Reviewer for more than ten international journal
  • Editor of the proceedings of IAU Symposium 318
  • Professional Experience and Positions

  • Jan 2014 to present: Navigation Engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
  • Oct 2012 to Jan 2014: NASA postdoctoral fellow at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
  • Jan 2012 to Sep 2012: Research fellow at SpaceDyS
  • Sep 2008 to Dec 2008: Research fellow of the Celestial Mechanics Group at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Pisa
  • Candidate Statement

    I find DDA meetings among the most interesting to attend. In particular, the rather small size of the division encourages networking with other members and cross-disciplinary collaborations. It would be my pleasure to serve on the committee and help the division maintain the high quality of its meetings.

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    Kat Volk


    Biography

    Professional Title/Position

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Degrees and Education

    • 2013 Ph.D., Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona
    • 2006 B.S., Physics, Wittenberg University

    Affiliations

    University of Arizona

    Research Areas, Topics, and Interests

    • Dynamical history of the outer solar system
    • Dynamical structure of the Kuiper belt
    • Structure of Neptune's mean motion resonances
    • Small body dynamics
    • Stability of planetary systems

    Professional Experience and Positions

    • 2015-present Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Arizona
    • 2013-2015 CITA National Fellow, University of British Columbia

    Candidate Statement

    I value the DDA highly because of the variety of interesting dynamical problems being explored by its members. The annual DDA meeting is always an excellent opportunity to stay up-to-date on different fields of dynamics, have productive discussions, and find new potential collaborators. If elected, I would focus on maintaining the high quality of the DDA meetings and encouraging new people to join the DDA and come to meetings, especially early-career researchers and those who could expand the range of research areas represented in the membership.

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