Committees

Committee on Light Pollution, Radio Interference, and Space Debris

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Alice K. B. Monet, AAS Secretary
Alice K. B. Monet
AAS Secretary

History: Name changed (January 1988, Austin)

Members: Appointed by the Board of Trustees.

Term: Three years, June - June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Chair: One year, June to June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Charge: Acts as a clearinghouse for information on these topics and, whenever possible, helps those who are attempting to combat the problem.

More Information


Related: Special Session at the 235th AAS meeting — Challenges to Astronomy from Satellites

  • The Industrialization of Space (Presentation; Chris Impey, University of Arizona) 
  • Mega-Constellations of Satellites and Optical Astronomy (Presentation | Press Briefing; Patrick Seitzer, University of Michigan)
  • Radio Astronomy in a New Era of Radiocommunication (Presentation | Press Briefing; Harvey Liszt, National Radio Astronomy Observatory)
  • Satellite's Impacts on the General Public (Presentation | Press Briefing; Ruskin Hartley, International Dark-Sky Association)
  • Starlink and the Astronomers (Press Briefing; Jeffrey C. Hall, Lowell Observatory)

Board of Trustees Liaison

Edmund Bertschinger (He/Him/His)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Board Liaison

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2023

Committee Chair

Jeffrey C. Hall (He/Him/His)

Lowell Observatory
Chair

Term: Jun 2017 – Jun 2022

Committee Members

James Stuart Sweitzer (He/Him/His)

SCC

Term: Jun 2021 – Jun 2024

Daniel B. Caton (He/Him/His)

Appalachian State University

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2023

Jonathan C. McDowell

Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian

Term: Feb 2022 – Jun 2025

Richard F. Green

University of Arizona

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2023

Vice Chair for Policy

Constance E. Walker

NSF's NOIRLab

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2023

Vice Chair for Satcons

James D. Lowenthal (He/Him/His)

Smith College

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2023

Vice Chair for Light Pollution

Lori Allen (She/Her/Hers)

NSF's NOIRLab

Term: Jun 2021 – Jun 2024

Patrick Seitzer

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2023

Vice Chair for Space Debris

Aparna Venkatesan (She/Her/Hers)

University of San Francisco
Co-Chair

Term: Jun 2022 – Jun 2023

Aparna Venkatesan (She/Her/Hers)

University of San Francisco

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2023

John C. Barentine

Dark Sky Consulting, LLC

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2023

Secretary

Ryan Sean Lynch

Green Bank Observatory

Term: Jun 2021 – Jun 2024

Bethany R. Johns

American Astronomical Society (AAS)

Term: Apr 2022 – Jun 2023

Meredith L. Rawls (She/Her/Hers)

University of Washington/Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Term: Feb 2022 – Jun 2025

Dan McKenna

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2023

Harvey Liszt

NRAO - Charlottesville

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2023

Vice Chair for Radio Interference

Teznie Pugh

McDonald Observatory
Co-Chair

Term: Jun 2022 – Jun 2023

Teznie Pugh

McDonald Observatory

Term: Jun 2021 – Jun 2024

Julie D. Davis (She/Her/Hers)

American Astronomical Society (AAS)

Term: Jun 2021 – Jun 2023

Vice Chair for Satcons; Consultant to the Committee

Charles Lee Mudd, Jr. (He/Him/His)

Mudd Law

Term: Jun 2021 – Jun 2024

Vice Chair for Policy

Jessica Heim

University of Wales

Term: Jun 2021 – Jun 2024

Vice Chair for Community Engagement

Carolin E. Frueh

Purdue University

Term: Jun 2021 – Jun 2024

Sarah Marie Michelle Bruno

Johns Hopkins University

Term: Feb 2022 – Jun 2025