10 February 2021

Jason Best

Jason Best

"Humility before the data is a good operational principle in most aspects of one’s life."

Position/Title: Assistant Provost for Distance Education and Strategic Research Initiatives & Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Affiliation: Shepherd University

Areas of Scientific Interest:

  • Large-scale structure of the universe
  • Galaxy evolution
  • History of astronomy
  • Astronomy education


  • Featured Scientist, Scientist Spotlight Video Series, Division of Science and Research, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, 2019
  • Member, Peer Corps, Higher Learning Commission, 2019–present
  • Division Representative, Task Force on Integrating Research into the Curriculum, Council on Undergraduate Research, 2018–2019
  • American Council on Education Fellow, Class of 2015–2016
  • Hub Leader, Pulsar Search Collaboratory, 2015–2020
  • President, West Virginia Academy of Science, 2012–2015
  • Keynote Speaker, Martha Wehrle Opening Lecture, 2011 National Youth Science Camp
  • Member, National Advisory Committee, Praxis Earth and Space Sciences Examination, 2009