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April 2, 2012 02:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2012-15

Space Telescope Science Institute Announces the 2012 Hubble Fellows

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Space Telescope Science Institute Announces the 2012 Hubble FellowsView this image

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:

2012 HUBBLE FELLOW Ph.D. INSTITUTION HOST INSTITUTION
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
Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
— 2012
California 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

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