Sumner Starrfield: Candidate for Vice President

Affiliation: Arizona State University, School of Earth and Space Exploration

Position/Title: Regents’ Professor

PhD institution: University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of scientific interest:

  • Cataclysmic variables
  • Classical novae and supernovae
  • Pulsating stars
  • Transients
  • Stellar atmospheres, stellar structure and evolution

AAS and/or Division leadership positions and dates:

  • Member, Publications Board (1980 – 1982)
  • Chair, Publications Board (2002 – 2005)

Other relevant positions, experience, and dates:


I have been asked to run for Vice President of the AAS and I am honored to accept this invitation. The AAS is internationally recognized as the representative of the US astrophysical community with a membership consisting of both the professional community and advanced amateurs. Our interests range from a better understanding of the Earth and Solar System to the beginnings of the Universe and everything in between. As a Vice President my main responsibilities will be in assisting in the organization of the AAS meetings. I feel that the AAS must promote policies and initiatives that enhance service to and advocacy for the profession. Integrating the diverse interests of our sub-disciplines and younger members’ concerns into AAS conversations will both advance our society and also allow us to promote our science to the general public. Of equal importance is enhancing the mentoring and networking among members, providing attractive meeting venues at reasonable cost, and recognizing the contributions of diversity at our meetings.