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March 19, 1997 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1997-06

1997 Hubble Fellows to Study HST Discoveries

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The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has selected fifteen young scientists for the 1997 Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The awardees were selected from a pool of applications received from highly qualified candidates worldwide.

Inaugurated in 1990, the Hubble Fellowship Program funds research opportunities for outstanding applicants selected from among the approximately 200 Ph.D. astronomers and astrophysicists who graduate annually. The program is a joint venture between NASA and STScI, in cooperation with astronomical institutions across the United States.

The scientists selected for this program will have an opportunity to conduct Hubble Space Telescope (HST)-related research of their choice at participating astronomical institutions throughout the United States. Hubble Fellows are appointed for three-year terms. The program currently supports a pool of several dozen astronomers. Candidates are selected each year by a national review panel, after which the STScI director makes the final selection.

"The Hubble Fellowships represent the best and most creative of the recent Ph.D.s in astronomy," says STScI Director, Robert Williams. Adds Howard E. Bond, Hubble Fellowship Program Coordinator at STScI, "The Fellowships will enable these scientists to focus their energies on astronomical research early in their careers. Their research concentrates on the origin and evolution of stars, galaxies, and the Universe. We anticipate that the Hubble Fellows will be among the leading scientists and educators of the next generation."

The 1997 Hubble Fellowship recipients and the institutions where they will conduct their research are: Rebecca A. Bernstein (Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington), Arjun Dey (Kitt Peak National Observatory), Karl Gebhardt (University of California Santa Cruz), William M. Grundy (Lowell Observatory), Rafael Guzman (Yale University), David W. Hogg (Institute for Advanced Study), and Henry A. Kobulnicky (University of California Santa Cruz).

Other recipients are: Lori M. Lubin (California Institute of Technology), Ronald O. Marzke (Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington), Dean E. McLaughlin (University of California Berkeley), Michael R. Meyer (University of Arizona), Michael A. Pahre (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Michael W. Regan (Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington), Marco Spaans (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), and Frank C. van den Bosch (University of Washington).

Further information about the Hubble Fellows Program is available on the World Wide Web at


Cheryl Gundy
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD
(Phone: 410-338-4707)

Howard Bond
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD
(Phone: 410-338-4718)