Appointment of Dr. Ralph Gaume as new Deputy Division Director of AST
November 8, 2016
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ralph Gaume as the Deputy Division Director in the Division of Astronomical Sciences, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, effective November 13, 2016.
Dr. Gaume has over 30 years of federal government service, primarily at the US Naval Observatory, where he was a member of the Earth Orientation Department and headed the Astrometry Department. He has been at NSF since 2014, and has served as the Acting Deputy Division Director in the Division of Astronomical Sciences since June 2016. Dr. Gaume received a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Wichita State University in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Iowa in 1985. Dr. Gaume’s primary research interests are in the development of the International Celestial Reference Frame using both optical and radio techniques.
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