Appointment of Dr. Richard Green as Division Director of AST
September 12, 2017
Dr. Richard Green will be joining us as the Division Director for MPS/AST, effective September 18, 2017. Dr. Green brings to this position his exceptional experience both as an astronomer and a manager. He has worked as an astronomer at several facilities, including Kitt Peak National Observatory, Steward Observatory, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Prior to joining NSF, Dr. Green served as the Director of Kitt Peak National Observatory, Director of the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory, and most recently, as Director of the University of Arizona/United Kingdom Infrared Telescope Observatory. He has also served as a member of the American Astronomical Society Council and President of Commission 50 of the International Astronomical Union (Protection of Existing and Potential Observatory Sites). Dr. Green comes to us as a rotator from The University of Arizona. He received a bachelor’s degree in Astronomy from Harvard in 1971 and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the California Institute of Technology in 1977. Dr. Green’s primary research interest is in the area of active galaxies and quasars.
Dr. Ralph Gaume, who has served as the Acting Division Director for AST, will return to his position as AST Deputy Division Director (DDD), and Dr. Edward Ajhar will return to his AST Program Officer duties (many of which he continued during his detail to the Acting DDD role).
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