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James Higdon

James Higdon

(Cornell University)

James Higdon is a Research Associate with the Spitzer Space Telescope Infrared Spectrograph team at Cornell, where he has worked since 2001. He has held research positions at NRAO (Jansky Fellow), the Australia Telescope Compact Array, and the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in the Netherlands.

His interest in astronomy began at the age of 6 when his mother won a 3.5" reflecting telescope in a raffle. Unfortunately, the secondary mirror was not included so he was unable to explore the wonders of the cosmos from his back yard. Fortunately, his uncle loaned him a 80-mm refractor and started him on his way. Jim went on to receive astronomy and physics degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, culminating in a Ph.D. in astronomy in 1993. Jim's research interests include studies of the large-scale triggering and suppression of star formation in disk galaxies, ultra-deep radio surveys, and the evolution of galaxies and clusters at high redshift using observations at optical, infrared, and radio wavelengths. He currently lives in a big Civil War era house in upstate New York with his beautiful wife Sarah and three very rambunctious cats.


Jay Anders