Daniela Calzetti: Candidate for Nominating Committee

Affiliation: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Position/Title: Department Head and Professor

PhD institution: University of Rome`La Sapienza’, Italy (1992)

Areas of scientific interest:

  • Star formation in nearby galaxies
  • Dust attenuation and emission
  • Stars-gas connection

AAS and/or Division leadership positions and dates:

  • Councilor, AAS Council (later Trustee, Board of Trustees), (2015 – 2018)
  • Member, AAS Warner/Pierce Prize Committee (2007 – 2010)
  • Member, Dannie Heineman Prize Committee (2013 – 2015; Chair 2014)

Other relevant positions, experience, and dates:

  • Member and Deputy Chair, AURA’s Space Telescope Science Institute Council, STIC (2015 – present; Deputy Chair since 2016)

Diversity brings ideas, renewal, and vibrancy to any endeavor. Astronomy is not different from any other enterprise of the human intellect, and the AAS, with its continued efforts to bring in a diverse representation of our community, proves the point. As a member of the Nominating Committee, I would support those efforts by imparting them a positive trajectory.