The Harlow Shapley Visiting Lecturers

The Society members participating in the Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureships program are listed below with their current affiliations, a list of some of the topics they're happy to discuss while on their visit, and a short biography. All of these visitors can give interesting public talks on a variety of topics, which in some cases extend beyond those listed. If you would like a talk on some particular topic, please specify it on the Visit Request Form or in a separate letter. These requests will be considered whenever possible in making the speaking assignments, but travel cost considerations may limit this choice in some cases.

Viviana Acquaviva
CUNY NYC College of Technology
Brooklyn, New York

Topics: The Origin of Cosmic Acceleration; Dark Energy; A Brief History of the Universe; Galaxies through Cosmic Time; Big Data and Astronomy
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Fran Bagenal
University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, Colorado

Topics: NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto; Juno: Revealing Jupiter's Interior; Europa: Most likely place to find life?
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Andrew Baker
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Piscataway, New Jersey

Topics: Radio astronomy; Formation and evolution of galaxies; Galaxy mergers
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Wayne Barkhouse
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota

Topics: Galaxy Clusters; Dark Energy; Cosmology; Extragalactic Astronomy; Dark Matter
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Jason Barnes
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho

Topics: Saturn's Moon Titan: Earthlike Processes in an Alien Environment; Prospects for Life in Titan's Hydrocarbon Seas; Does a Plent Require a Moon to be Habitable?; Origin and Evolution of Kepler's Extrasolar Planets from Gravity Darkening
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Gibor Basri
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Topics: Star Formation; What is a Planet?; The Role of Magnetic Fields on Stars; Red Dwarfs and Brown Dwarfs
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Jillian Bellovary
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

Topics: Black Holes; Women and Minorities in Science; Women in Science; Minorities in Science
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Matthew Bobrowsky
Delaware State University
Dover, Delaware

Topics: Astrobiology: Life in the Universe; The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse; Our Place in Space; Science with the Hubble Space Telescope; Science vs. Pseudoscience; Nature of Science
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W. Neil Brandt
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania

Topics: X-Raying Active Galaxies: Exploring the Environments of Supermassive Black Holes; A Good Hard Look a Cosmic Supermassive Black Hole Growth; The Next Generation of Massive Sky Surveys; Discovery Highlights of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory; Astrophysics Research Opportunities at Penn State University
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Carolin Cardamone
Wheelock College
Boston, Massachusetts

Topics: Galaxies; Observational Astronomy (X-Rays to Infrared); Citizen Science; The Solar System
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Edward Churchwell
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Topics: Cosmology; Considertations on the Prospects of Extraterrestrial Life; The Sun: Why It Should Not Exist; Degenerate Stars; Special and General Relativity
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Neil Comins
University of Maine
Orono, Maine

Topics: What if the Moon Didn't Exist? Or other "What f?" scenarios from my books; Common Misconceptions about Astronomy; Gravitational Waves and Their Detectors; Space Travel in the Near Future; The True Story of Tides and Their Affect on the Evolution of Earth
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Lynn Cominsky
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, California

Topics: The Extreme Universe: Monstrous Black Holes and Exploding Stars; What Do We Know about the Universe? A beginner's guide to Cosmology; A High-Energy Life; Bringing Real Time Astronomical Observations into the Classroom; Black Holes: Up Close and Personal
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Susana Deustua
Space Telescope Science Institute
Baltimore, Maryland

Topics: Supernova Cosmology; Education in Latin America; Hubble Space Telescope; Spectrophotometry
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Donovan Domingue
Georgia College and State University
Milledgeville, Georgia

Topics: Galaxy Merging/Extragalactic Astronomy; Infrared Astronomy; Astronomy Outreach; Undergraduate Research; Small Observatories
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Erica Ellingson
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado

Topics: The Invisible Universe: Einstein, Dark Matter and Dark Energy (musical version); Ancient Astronomy: Beyond Stonehenge (also includes Native American Astronomy); Galaxy Clusters, Large-Scale Structure and the History of Time; Cosmology, Galileo, and God; Sky-Watching: How We View, Use, and Appreciate the Sky
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Gordon Emslie
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Topics: Spinning Pliers, The Chaotic Obliquity of Mars, and the Existence of Extraterrestrial Life; "Batman" and "Freeway" Acceleration - How High-Energy Particles Get Created in Astrophyiscal Objects; Humans - Accident or Necessity: Why the Universe HAS to Look the Way it Does
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Linda French
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, Illinois

Topics: Asteroids: Rogues and Rosetta Stones; Why Pluto Is No Longer Considered a Planet; Who does Astronomy? The Role of Amateurs
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Jonathan Gardner
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland

Topics: James Webb Space Telescope: Finding Our Origins with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes; Cosmology and Dark Energy: The Beginning and End of the Universe; NASA Internships: How to Get a Job Working for NASA
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Robert Gehrz
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Topics: Infrared Astronomy with NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronom (SOFIA); Infrared Astronomy with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope; Infrared Astronomy from the Ground, in the Air, and in Space; Infrared Observations of Nova Explosions in the SOFIA Era; Infrared Studies of Evolved Stars and their Contributions to the Chemical Evolution of the Universe
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Shy Genel
Columbia University
New York, New York

Topics: Galaxy Formation and Evolution; Astrophysics and Computer Simulations; How Quantum Physics Results in the Night Sky
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Paul Green
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Topics: Supermassive Black Holes Across Cosmic Time; When Stars Get Polluted - The dwarf carbon star story; NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory; The Variable Sky: Things that Really Do Twinkle (or Explode) and Why
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Theodore Gull
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Ellicott City, Maryland

Topics: Eta Carinae and the Homunculus: An Astrophysical Laboratory; Hubble Space Telescope: A view from concept to 25 years of operation; Astro-1: A Successful Shuttle Mission 25 Years Later
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Heidi Hammel
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)
Washington, DC

Topics: James Webb Space Telescope; Cosmic Collisions; Uranus and Neptune: Exploring the Ice Giants; Hubble Explores the Solor System; Pluto Update
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Alan Harris
La Canada, California

Topics: Hunting for Killer Asteroids: The Past, Present and Future of Near-Earth Asteroid Surveys; Asteroid Lightcurves, the Divine Dipsomania (research projects suitable for students and small observatories); Asteroids with Satellites: How We Find Them and What They Tell Us
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John Hewitt
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, Florida

Topics: Supernova Remnants; Pulsars; Galactic Center; Galaxies; High-Energy Observational Astrophysics
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Joannah Hinz
MMT Observatory; University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Topics: A Study in Scarlet: Exploring Nearby Galaxies with the Spitzer Space Telescope; Spinning Disks: The Dynamics of Galaxies; A Dark and Stormy Night: What Astronomers Do When Good Weather Goes Bad; The Edges of Island Universes: Understanding the History of Galaxies in Our Neighborhood
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Sethanne Howard
United States Naval Observatory (USNO); retired
Columbia, Maryland

Topics: 4000 Years of Women in Science and Technology; Why do Spiral Galaxies Spiral?; Black Holes Can Dance; What Do Van Gogh and Astronomy Have in Common?
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Chris Impey
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Topics: Cosmology; Astrobiology; Space Travel; Science Education; History of Astronomy
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Brian Jackson
Boise State University
Boise, Idaho

Topics: Exoplanetary Orbital Dynamics, Exoplanetary Transits and Eclipses, Martian and Terrestrial Dust Devils, The Kepler Mission, The Cassini Mission
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Robert Jedicke
University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy
Honolulu, Hawaii

Topics: Killer Asteroids; Einstein v. Santa (a. public lecture on relativity explained using Santa Claus); The New Solar System: Our Current Understanding of Solar System Structure and Formation; Near Earth Objects (NEOs): NEO Surveys, Properties, Impact Risks
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Christine Jones
Harvard-Smithonian Center for Astrophysics
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Topics: Black Holes at Work: The Impact of Supermassive Black Holes on Galaxies; Observing the Most Energetic Events in the Universe: The formation of clusters of galaxies through mergers; The Evolution of Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes
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Philip Kaaret
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Topics: Black Holes; First Stars; Ultraluminous X-Ray Sources
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Julia Kamenetzky
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Topics: Studying Molecules in Space Using Radio Telescopes; What Did We Know About Astronomy Before Modern Technology, and How?; Science Policy: How Science Impacts Society; Supernova 1987A; Women and Minorities in Science
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Sheila Kannappan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Topics: Cosmic Hide and Seek: Tracking Missing and Invisible Matter in the Universe; Galaxy Life Stories: Growing Up in a Violent Universe; Computers in Astronomy: From Pickering's Harem to the Universe in a Box; Undergraduate Research: How and Why Students Should Start Now
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Steven Kawaler
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

Topics: How Stars Die; Searching for Planets Beyond Our Solar System; Life in the Universe; Stellar Seismology
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Brian Kent
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
Charlottesville, Virginia

Topics: Data visualization in Astronomy; Techniques of 3D Graphics in the Sciences; Structure of the Nearby Universe: visualizing Astronomy in 3D
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Jerry LaSala
University of Southern Maine
Portland, Maine

Topics: History of Astronomy; The Antikythera Mechanism – A 2000 Year Old Astronomical Computer; The Pluto Story; Black Holes and X-Ray Binaries; Spectroscopy and Spectral Classification
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Hyun-chul Lee
The University of Texas – Pan American
Edinburg, Texas

Topics: Stellar Population; Galaxy Evolution; Big Bang Cosmology
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Rosaly Lopes
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California

Topics: Titan; The Cassini Mission; Io; Volcanism in the Solar System; The Galileo Mission
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Laurence Marschall
Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Topics: Extrasolar Planets: Worlds Outside the Solar System; Hunting Killer Asteroids; Pluto Confidential: What Happened to Pluto; Chasing Solar Eclipses; How Stars Die: The Supernova Story
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Richard McCray
University of California, Berkeley
Oakland, California

Topics: Supernovae and the Life of the Universe; Supernova 1987A: The Birth of a Supernova Remnant
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Felipe Menanteau
University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois

Topics: Cosmology; Astronomical Surveys; Galaxy Formation; Clusters of Galaxies
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Patrick Miller
Hardin-Simmons University
Abilene, Texas

Topics: Asteroid Discovery by High School and College Students; Solar System Debris Fields; Use of Internet-Accessible Telescopes
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Terry Oswalt
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Daytona Beach, Florida

Topics: Search for Life in the Universe; Stellar Evolution and Structure of the Galaxy; Exoplanets; Light Pollution; National Observatories
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Robert Pappalardo
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California

Topics: The Hidden Ocean of Europa; NASA's Europa Mission; Icy Worlds of the Outer Solar System
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Alexei Pevtsov
National solar Observatory
Sunspot, New Mexico

Topics: The Sun, Solar Activity, and Its Effects on Earth; Solar System; History of Early Space Exploration; Careers in Astronomy; Solar-Type Stars and Exoplanets
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W. Lee Powell Jr.
Collin College
McKinney, Texas

Topics: Variable Stars; Tidal Streams in the Milky Way; Astronomy Research with Undergraduates on Small Telescopes
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Bharat Ratra
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas

Topics: An Elementary Introduction to the Standard Model of Cosmology; Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Einstein's Cosmological Constant, and the Accelerating Universe; The Standard Model of Cosmology
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Luisa Rebull
California Institute of Technology; Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
Pasadena, California

Topics: From IRAS to Spitzer and Beyond: 30 years of Space-Based Infrared Astronomy; Getting Educators Involved in Authentic Astronomy Research: The NITARP Model; Recent Results in Star Formation from Spitzer, WISE, and Herschel
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Emily Rice
CUNY College of Staten Island
Staten Island, New York

Topics: Brown Dwarfs; Exoplanets; Low Mass Stars; Science & Fashion; Women in Astronomy
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Peter Roming
Southwest Research Institute
San Antonio, Texas

Topics: Death of Massive Stars; Black Holes; Gamma-Ray Bursts; Supernovae
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Eric Schlegel
The University of Texas, San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

Topics: Feedback in Galaxies; Supernovae; Cataclysmic Variables; X-Ray Emission of Spiral Galaxies
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Mark Slovak
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii

Topics: "You are shapely, madam. I am Shapley" Harlow Shapley: An American Astronomer; Where Are the Stellar Magnetic Fields? A Search for Magnetism Among Stars; The Tunguska Event: Comet, Asteroid, or Alien Spaceship?; Henrietta Leavitt: The Discovery of the Period-Luminosity Relation; William Wales: An Astronomer Aboard Captain James Cook's Pacific Voyage
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Alessondra Springmann
University of Arizona, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Tucson, Arizona

Topics: Asteroids; Planetary Radar; OSIRIS-REx Space Mission; Meteorites; Arecibo Observatory
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Steven Stahler
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Topics: Star Formation; Stellar Clusters; Interstellar Medium
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Grant Tremblay
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

Topics: Galaxy Clusters, Supermassive Black Holes, and More; How Big the Universe Really Is (using relatable examples); The Symmetric Universe: A Tour of the Cosmos with the Hubble Space Telescope; Highlights from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)
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Saeqa Vrtilek
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Topics: X-Ray Binaries: Elementary, Enigmatic, Explosive, and Extreme; A Hertsprung-Russell Analog for Accreting Binaries; Imaging Black Hole and Neutron Star Binaries; Adding a New Dimension: Multi-Variate Studies of X-Ray Binaries; New Eyes on the Universe: The Revolution in Modern Astrophysics
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Frederick Walter
State University of New York, Stony Brook
Stony Brook, New York

Topics: Novae; Life in the Universe; Star Formation; The Influence of the Sun on Earth; The Physics and Astronomy of Science Fiction
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Jason Wright
Penn State University
University Park, Pennsylvania

Topics: Exoplanets; SETI; Stellar Astrophysics; Astrobiology; Observational Astronomy
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Nicolle Zellner
Albion College
Alboin, Michigan

Topics: Life in the Universe (Astrobiology); Impacts in the Earth-Moon System; Space Rocks!
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Sponsored by the American Astronomical Society and the Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureships Endowment Fund.