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Jane Rigby

Jane Rigby

(NASA/GSFC)

Jane Rigby is an Astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Previously, she was a Carnegie Fellow and a Spitzer Fellow at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California. She received her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Arizona, and has B.S. degrees in Physics and in Astronomy from Penn State. Her research focuses on two subjects: black holes in the centers of galaxies, and galaxies that rapidly forming new stars.

Dr. Rigby has been Principal Investigator on three observing programs using the Hubble Space Telescope, and has published results from all currently flying great observatories: the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space telescopes. She is also an avid user of the Keck and Magellan telescopes in Hawaii and Chile. As a project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, she works to build the successor to Hubble.

Rigby is passionate about explaining astronomy to the general public. You can follow her on Twitter: @JaneRRigby, or the web at http://www.janerigby.net/.
Visit Dr. Jane Rigby's November 2011 TEDx talk about Space Telescopes.



YouTube video courtesy of TEDxMidatlantic 2011.



Photo above by Jane Rigby. Photo right by Tim Forbes.


Keren Sharon


Keren Sharon

(Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago)

Dr. Keren Sharon is a Kavli postdoctoral fellow at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in 2009 from the Tel Aviv University, where she studied supernova rates in clusters of galaxies, using both ground-based and space telescopes.

Her current research focuses on modeling the mass distribution of galaxy clusters using strong gravitational lensing, and using these clusters as natural telescopes to study the background Universe.

Visit Dr. Keren Sharon's Webiste at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago