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Nominated Office: Councilor

Affiliation: Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, University of Arizona

Position/title: Head of Department/Director

PhD institution: University of Arizona (1990)

Areas of scientific interest:

  • Observational Cosmology
  • Quasar Absorption Line Systems
  • Active Galaxies
  • Instrumentation for Surveys

AAS positions & dates:

  • AAS Committee on Light Pollution, Radio Interference, and Space Debris (2006)
  • Other relevant positions & experience (please include dates)
  • GLAST/Fermi Users' Group (2007-Present)
  • NOAO Ground-based O/IR System Roadmap Committee (2010-Present, Co-chair 2010-2012)
  • SIRTF/SPITZER Users' Committee (1998-2004)
  • WIRE Science Recovery Advisory Panel (1999)
  • Gemini Science Committee (1996-2000)
  • US Gemini Science Committee (1995-2000)
  • International Dark Sky Association (IDA), Member Board of Directors (2008-2011), Vice President (2008-2010), President (2011)
  • Thirty Meter Telescope Science Advisory Committee (2003-2005)
  • Member Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation Board of Directors (2012-Present)
  • Member Giant Magellan Telescope Board of Directors (2012-Present)
  • Member Large Binocular Telescope Board of Directors (2012-Present)
  • Member Magellan Observatory Council (2012-Present)
  • Member WIYN Board of Directors (2005-2010)

Candidate Statement: I am flattered to have been nominated to serve as a councilor of the American Astronomical Society. It would be a pleasure to work with the members, staff, and leaders of the AAS to sustain and strengthen our professional society in its mission to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the Universe. Throughout my career I have had a strong desire to not only pursue astrophysical research, but to enable others to do the same. This led me to join the scientific staff of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in 1995 and to later take on the challenges of being Director of Kitt Peak National Observatory. I have always accepted the opportunity to serve on advisory panels, user committees, and observatory boards in order to help develop and improve the facilities we all depend upon to carry out our research. I will bring a similar commitment to working to support the needs of our large, strong, and diverse community through the activities of the AAS if elected to serve you as a councilor of the AAS.