People

Dimitar Sasselov

Dimitar Sasselov

Phillips Professor of Astronomy
Director, Origins of Life Initiative
Senior Advisor in the Sciences for Advanced Study

Research Interests:  Professor Sasselov studies, among other things, extrasolar planets, and he's a co-investigator on NASA's Kepler mission, which is monitoring 100,000 stars in a three-year hunt for exoplanets -- including Jupiter-sized giants. Sasselov watches for exoplanets by looking for transits, the act of a planet passing across the face of its star, dimming its light and changing its chemical signature. This simple, elegant way of searching has led to a bounty of newly discovered planets.

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Yutong Shan

Yutong Shan

Graduate Student

Research interests: Exoplanetary systems - detection, characterization, formation and statistics. Stellar populations in galaxies and clusters

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Irwin Shapiro

Irwin Shapiro

Timken University Professor

Research Interests: Radio and radar techniques: applications to astrometry, astrophysics, geophysics, planetary physics, and tests of theories of gravitation; Pre-college and college science education: curriculum development and teacher training.

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Howard Smith

Howard Smith

Lecturer / SAO Astrophysicist

Research Interests: Massive star formation in galactic and extragalactic environments; luminous merging galaxies with normal, starburst and/or AGN activity; …

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