Candidate Statement: Perry A. Gerakines

Nominated Office: Nominating Committee

Affiliation: NASA GSFC

Position/title: Astrochemist

PhD institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1998)

Areas of scientific interest:

  • Astrobiology
  • Astrochemistry
  • Comets, Icy Satellites, Pluto, Kuiper Belt Objects
  • Infrared Astronomy
  • Infrared Spectroscopy of Cryogenic Solids
  • Laboratory Astrophysics
  • Photochemistry
  • Radiation Chemistry

AAS positions & dates:

  • Member (1997-present)

Other relevant positions & experience:

  • Member, Local Organizing Committee, From interstellar ices to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: A symposium to honor Lou Allamandola’s contributions to the molecular Universe, 2015
  • Session Organizer, Astrobiology Science Conference, 2015
  • Session Organizer, Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society Meeting, 2006
  • Session Organizer, Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society Meeting, 2005
  • Member, Local Organizing Committee, AAS Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting #34, 2002
  • Member, American Geophysical Union
  • Member, Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society
  • Member, International Astronomical Union
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Candidiate Statement: The Nominating Committee of the AAS has an important role in the Society to bring candidates to the ballot who will be effective leaders and represent the broad range of disciplines and interests of its members. I have been an active Member of the AAS for about 20 years, and over the course of my career I have been active across several relevant sub-disciplines in the field. I have come to know many hard-working people who could add great value to the impact of the Society as leaders, if only they were nominated. As a Nominating Committee Member for the AAS, I will work to ensure that such a diverse range of disciplines and candidates are properly represented on the ballots for AAS Offices.