Megan Donahue is an astronomer at the Space Telescope
Science Institute, working as a research astronomer
and as an archive scientist for the Multiwavelength
Archive at Space Telescope (MAST). Her research
is mainly on clusters of galaxies: their contents
- dark matter, hot gas, galaxies, active galactic
nuclei - and what they tell us about the contents
of the universe and how galaxies form and evolve.
She grew up on a farm in Nebraska and received a
bachelor's degree in physics from MIT, where she
began her research career as an X-ray astronomer.
She has a PhD in astrophysics from the University
of Colorado, for a thesis on theory and optical
observations of intergalactic and intracluster gas.
That thesis won the 1993 Trumpler Award from the
Astronomical Society for the Pacific for an outstanding
astrophysics doctoral dissertation in North America.
She continued post-doctoral research in optical
and X-ray observations as a Carnegie Fellow at Carnegie
Observatories in Pasadena, California and later
as an STScI Institute Fellow at Space Telescope.
In the fall of 2003, she will join the physics
and astronomy department at Michigan State University
as a professor. Megan is a co-author of a popular
introductory astronomy textbook "The Cosmic
Perspective", published by Addison Wesley Longman.
Megan is married to Mark
Voit, who is also a frequent collaborator of
hers on many projects, not the least of which include
raising three children, Michaela, Sebastian, and
Angela. Between the births of Sebastian (1997) and
Angela (2002), Megan ran the Pittsburgh and the
Boston Marathons, and hopes to complete another
one in 2004.