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March 29, 2011 12:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2011-09

Space Telescope Science Institute Announces the 2011 Hubble Fellows

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Space Telescope Science Institute Announces the 2011 Hubble FellowsView this image

BALTIMORE — A panel of experts from the astronomy and astrophysics research community was recently convened 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.

"I am always astonished by the caliber of knowledge represented by the Hubble Fellows. This year is no different. The newly appointed Hubble Fellows represent the highest quality of new professionals in the astronomical community who will become the future leaders of our field," said Mountain.

"The Hubble Fellowship Program supports some of the most prominent and active young research scientists at a crucial point in their careers. Hubble Fellows are strongly represented among the leading scientists and educators of the coming generation, and the impact of this program on astronomy and astrophysics is impressive," 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 2011.

"Being a Hubble Fellow has been a dream of mine since I started studying astrophysics. It not only represents recognition of a lot of hard work, but it provides the freedom to follow one's own scientific instincts. When I was offered a 2011 Hubble fellowship, I nearly burst from excitement. I literally jumped up and down, stomping my feet; it's a good thing the rest of the department was in a meeting. I've spent the time since pinching myself, convincing myself that — nope! — I'm no longer dreaming," said Joshua Peek, one of the new Hubble Fellows from Columbia University in New York.

The 17 awardees of the Hubble Fellowship pursue research broadly related to NASA's Cosmic Origins Program. This program examines the origins of galaxies, stars, and planetary systems, and the evolution of these structures with cosmic time. Its space missions 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 funds research opportunities for outstanding candidates selected in 2011 from more than 269 applicants. The program is a joint venture between NASA and STScI, in cooperation with astronomical institutions across the United States.

2011 HUBBLE FELLOW Ph.D. INSTITUTION HOST INSTITUTION
1. Gurtina Besla Harvard University,
Cambridge, Massachusetts
– 2011
Columbia University,
New York, New York
2. Jo Bovy New York University,
New York, New York
– 2011
Institute for Advanced Study,
Princeton, New Jersey
3. Sean Couch University of Texas,
Austin, Texas
– 2010
University of Chicago,
Chicago, Illinois
4. Nathalie Degenaar University of Amsterdam,
Netherlands
– 2010
University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, Michigan
5. Steven Finkelstein Arizona State University,
Tempe, Arizona
– 2008
University of Texas,
Austin, Texas
6. Evghenii Gaburov University of Amsterdam,
Netherlands
– 2008
Northwestern University,
Evanston, Illinois
7. Markus Janson Max Planck Institute for Astronomy,
Heidelberg, Germany
– 2008
Princeton University,
Princeton, New Jersey
8. Linhua Jiang University of Arizona,
Tucson, Arizona
– 2008
Arizona State University,
Tempe, Arizona
9. Jeyhan Kartaltepe University of Hawaii,
Honolulu, Hawaii
– 2009
National Optical Astronomy Observatory,
Tucson, Arizona
10. Mansi Kasliwal California Institute of Technology,
Pasadena, California
– 2011
Carnegie Observatories,
Pasadena, California
11. Christiaan Ormel University of Groningen,
Netherlands
– 2008
University of California,
Berkeley, California
12. Joshua Peek University of California,
Berkeley, California
– 2008
Columbia University,
New York, New York
13. Daniel Perley University of California,
Berkeley, California
– 2011
California Institute of Technology,
Pasadena, California
14. Ralph Schoenrich Max Planck Institute for Astronomy,
Garching, Germany
– 2011
Ohio State University,
Columbus, Ohio
15. Roman Shcherbakov Harvard University,
Cambridge, Massachusetts
– 2011
University of Maryland,
College Park, Maryland
16. Daniel Stark California Institute of Technology,
Pasadena, California
– 2008
University of Arizona,
Tucson, Arizona
17. John Tobin University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, Michigan
– 2011
National Radio Astronomy Observatory,
Charlottesville, Virginia

 

For more information about the Hubble Fellowship program, please visit:
http://www.stsci.edu/institute/org/spd/hubble-fellowship/
http://www.stsci.edu/institute/org/spd/hubble-fellowship/fellows-list

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

CONTACT

Cheryl Gundy
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.
410-338-4707
gundy@stsci.edu

Ron Allen
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.
410-338-4574
rjallen@stsci.edu