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.

(617) 495-7451
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.

(617) 495-7300
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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Alicia Soderberg

Alicia Soderberg

Associate Professor of Astronomy

Research Interests: Her research focuses on the catastrophic death of stars, “supernovae”.   She combines astronomical data sets from many observatories and satellites in order to probe the eruptive, destructive, and explosive nature of supernovae and their role in the Universe.

(617) 496.7919