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Kip Kuntz

Kip Kuntz


Kip Kuntz is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy of The Johns Hopkins University and his office is in the X-ray Laboratory of the Exploration of the Universe Division of the Goddard Space Flight Center. I work with data from ROSAT, Chandra, Hubble, and XMM.

Dr. Kuntz received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2000. He has Masters and Bachelors of Science degrees from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively. His current research interests involve the study of the hot Galactic Interstellar Medium (ISM) using X-rays.


Pauline Barmby (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
(photo: Pauline and son Duncan)

I am an astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, a part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I am part of the instrument team for IRAC, the Infrared Array Camera on the Spitzer Space Telescope. Spitzer was launched on August 25, 2003 and is still going strong!

More info about what I do for a living: my astronomical research interests (galaxies, X-ray sources, mid-IR objects, globular clusters).

My background: I received my PhD in 2001 from the Harvard University Department of Astronomy. Before that, I graduated from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 1995 with a B.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy .

John P. Huchra (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

My name is John Huchra, and I'm the Vice Provost for Research Policy at Harvard and a Professor of Astronomy at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in the OIR Division . I am in the Department of Astronomy , and the Harvard College Observatory. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) is part of the Smithsonian Institution , and the Center for Astrophysics is the amalgam of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory.

I've developed this website in order to tell you a bit about myself and also to provide some useful information on my past and current research projects, courses I offer, and other useful information. I've been involved in a number of large projects in astronomy, and this is one useful gateway to some of the databases my colleagues, students and I would like to make publicly available. There are links below to download most of the large galaxy databases we've produced or in the sub-pages on ZCAT, 2MASS, etc. At the end of this first page are some useful astronomical and other links.

Koji Mukai (Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, GSFC)

Koji is a USRA research scientist at the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics at the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. As part of the ASCA Guest Observer Facility his responsibilities include SIS calibration, archive maintainance, documentation, user interaction.
With the Astro-E2 (proto-)Guest Observer Facilitythey are in the planning stage for future data processing, analysis software, and mission planning needs.


Steve L. Snowden (Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, GSFC)

Steve Snowden received his BS in Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy in 1978 from the University of Washington, his MS in physics in 1979 and PhD in physics in 1986 from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. After receiving his degree, he worked for half a year on the Diffuse X-ray Spectrometer and then spent five and a half years at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics working on the ROSAT project, primarily on the soft X-ray diffuse background from the all-sky survey. Steve joined the USRSDC at GSFC in 1993 August, where he worked until 1998, when he took the position of lead scientist for the XMM GOF.

Steve's primary responsibility at GSFC is science support for the XMM Guest Observer Facility. This includes support for the US XMM users community from the proposal process to the analysis of XMM data. His scientific interest lies in the study of the soft X-ray diffuse background and the local interstellar medium.

W.D. Pence (Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, GSFC)

William (Bill) Pence joined the HEASARC in December 1990 and has concentrated on developing standard FITS file formats for data from current and past high energy astronomy missions.

Bill received his PhD in astronomy in 1978 from the University of Texas at Austin. He held research positions at the University of Sussex (UK) from 1978 to 1981, and then at the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Sydney, Australia from 1981 to 1984. Most of his scientific research has been devoted to the study of the internal photometric and kinematic properties of nearby spiral galaxies. He joined the Space Telescope Science Institute from 1984 to 1990, where he was Project Scientist for development of the Calibration Database Software System and later was head of the branch responsible for archiving and distributing the Hubble Space Telescope data.

Jean .P. Brodie (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Dr. Jean Brodie is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics and an Astronomer at the UC Observatories/Lick Observatory. She received a B.S. from the University of London and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University

Jean Brodie's research interests include galaxy formation and chemical evolution, along with the development of new instrumentation for the Lick 3-meter and Keck 10-meter telescopes. She uses globular star clusters as fossil tracers of galaxy history. Globular clusters are among the oldest radiant objects in the universe and are associated with galaxies of all morphological types. As such, they provide important clues about the early environments out of which galaxies formed. Spectroscopic techniques, in the optical and near infrared, are used to explore the extent to which the properties of galaxy cluster systems depend on the characteristics of their parent galaxies. Chemical element abundances and dynamics are of particular interest.