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Space Telescope Science Institute Announces the 2012 Hubble Fellows

Release date: Apr 2, 2012 2:00 PM (EDT)
Space Telescope Science Institute Announces the 2012 Hubble Fellows

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) announces today the selection of 17 new candidates for the Hubble Fellowship Program. This is one of the three prestigious postdoctoral fellowship programs funded by NASA. The other programs are the Sagan and the Einstein Fellowships. STScI administers the Hubble Fellowship Program for NASA.

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Release date: Apr 2, 2012
Space Telescope Science Institute Announces the 2012 Hubble Fellows

A panel of 15 experienced researchers from the astronomy and astrophysics community was convened on January 19-20, 2012, at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore to advise STScI Director Matt Mountain on the selection of 17 new candidates for the Hubble Fellowship Program. This is one of three prestigious postdoctoral fellowship programs funded by NASA; the others are the Sagan and the Einstein Fellowships. STScI administers the Hubble Fellowship Program for NASA.

"This kind of program changes people's lives," said STScI Acting Deputy Director Kathy Flanagan. "The newly appointed Hubble Fellows represent the highest standard of excellence among new professionals in astronomy today. They are emerging leaders and will become astronomy's visionaries over the next two decades."

"The Hubble Fellowship Program supports some of the best and brightest young scientists, providing them with the means to devote themselves full-time to their research. Almost all of these young scientists will go on to positions in academia, sponsored research, and industry. Hubble Fellows can be found in increasing numbers among those who advise government on setting national priorities for research in astrophysics," added Ronald Allen, Head of the Hubble Fellowship Program at STScI.

Each fellowship provides support to the awardees for three years. The fellows may pursue their research at any host university or research center of their choosing in the United States and will begin their programs in the fall of 2012.

"I was beyond excited when I heard that I was offered a Hubble Fellowship! Because it is so prestigious and competitive — with hundreds of applicants — post-doc seekers anxiously wait to hear the results each year, fervently hoping to obtain one," said Stella Offner, a new Hubble Fellow presently at the Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. "For me, it means I will have the freedom to pursue my research ideas at Yale, where I will be able to work with fantastic collaborators. This fellowship will also help me prepare for my dream job: an astrophysics faculty position in which I'll perform independent research, teach, and mentor the next generation of scientists. Previous Hubble Fellows have made outstanding contributions to astronomy; I feel very honored to join this company."

The 17 awardees of the Hubble Fellowship pursue research broadly related to NASA's Cosmic Origins Program. The missions in this program examine the origins of galaxies, stars, and planetary systems, as well as the evolution of these structures with cosmic time, and presently include: the Herschel Space Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Inaugurated in 1990, the Hubble Fellowship Program will fund research opportunities for outstanding candidates selected in 2012 from among 278 applicants. The program is a joint venture between NASA and STScI, in cooperation with astronomical institutions across the United States.

The 2012 Hubble Fellows are:

  • Xuening Bai, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey (2012), Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Alis Deason, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom (2012), University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California
  • Jennifer Donley, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (2009), Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, New Mexico
  • Robert Feldmann, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (2010), University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California
  • Michele Fumagalli, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California (2012), Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • Kaitlin Kratter, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2010), University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, Colorado
  • Xin Liu, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey (2010), University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
  • Michael McDonald, University of Maryland College Park, Maryland (2011), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Matthew McQuinn, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2009), University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California
  • Kohta Murase, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan (2010), Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Stella Offner, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California (2009, ), Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Steven Rodney, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii (2010, ), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Leslie Rogers, Massachusetts Institute of Technologyy, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2012, C), alifornia Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
  • Yue Shen, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey (2009), Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • James Steiner, Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts (2012), Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Erik Tollerud, University of California Irvine, Irvine, California (2012), Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Mark Vogelsberger, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching, Germany, and Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany (2010), Harvard College Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts

For more information about the Hubble Fellowship program, please visit:
http://www.stsci.edu/institute/sd/fellowships/hubble/

A complete list of Hubble Fellows since 1990 is available at:
http://www.stsci.edu/institute/sd/fellowships/hubble/fellows-list

For more information about NASA's Astrophysics Division, please visit:
http://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics