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New Faculty and Postdocs

Tomo Goto

Photo courtesy Tomo Goto.

Tomo Goto is a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). He has come to IfA to work with David Sanders on luminous infrared galaxies. Soon after arriving at IfA last April, he organized a weekly extragalactic discussion group at which an IfA astronomer or a visitor presents findings from his or her research. He received his PhD from the University of Tokyo in 2003 and has also worked at Carnegie Mellon and Johns Hopkins universities, and at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, a part of JAXA, the Japanese equivalent of NASA. His achievements include creating a catalog of about 4,000 galaxy clusters and finding a supermassive black hole 12.7 billion light-years from Earth with a mass two billion times that of our Sun.


Ezequiel Treister

Photo courtesy Ezequiel Treister.

Ezequiel Treister is a Chandra Postdoctoral Fellow working with David Sanders on active galactic nuclei and galaxy evolution. He received his PhD from the joint University of Chile/Yale program in 2005 working under the supervision of Yale Professor Meg Urry. He arrived at the IfA after spending two years in Chile as a European Southern Observatory fellow and is currently studying the properties of the huge black holes at the centers of galaxies.


David Harrington

Photo courtesy David Harrington.

David Harrington (PhD, 2008, UH) has stayed on as a postdoctoral fellow "to make use of the excellent observatories this state offers" and to continue developing linear spectropolarimetry as a tool for imaging circumstellar environments. Hawaii has the only two high-resolution spectropolarimeters on large telescopes in the world, and Harrington is upgrading one of these for use in measuring stellar magnetic fields. He is also helping to adapt the world's largest curvature adaptive optics system for use with this instrument and improving the SOLARC coronagraphic imaging spectropolarimeter. These instruments will enable new investigations of the near-star environment, stellar magnetism, and solar corona, and also have other applications. Harrington enjoys doing education and outreach as an instructor for the Maui Akamai Internship Program and the Center for Adaptive Optics summer school, and also mentors visiting students and interns in his areas of expertise.

Isabelle Scholl

Isabelle Scholl. Photo by Shadia Habbal.

Assistant Astronomer Isabelle Scholl (PhD, 2003, University of Paris VI) came to IfA to work with Shadia Habbal in the field of solar physics. Previously, she worked at the Institute of Space Astrophysics of the National Center for Scientific Research, the French equivalent of the U.S. National Science Foundation. She is an avid photographer who contributed several of her photographs of the 2008 IfA solar eclipse expedition to Na Kilo Hoku no. 29.

Emily Schaller David Rupke Mikael Granvik
Emily Schaller
David Rupke
Mikael Granvik
Photos by Karen Teramura.

Hubble Fellow Emily Schaller received her PhD in planetary science from the California Institute of Technology in 2008. She studies Kuiper Belt objects and Titan, the largest satellite of Saturn. Her article about the Kuiper Belt object Haumea appears in this issue. While an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, she was a nationally ranked collegiate figure skater.

David Rupke (PhD, 2004, University of Maryland) is a postdoctoral fellow who has come to the IfA to work with Lisa Kewley. His areas of expertise are merging galaxies, galactic winds, and Fabry-Pérot instrumentation. (Fabry-Pérot interferometers can be used for flexible and sensitive observations of interstellar gas.) Rupke is doing something most postdocs don't do: he is teaching a section of the basic astronomy course. Getting "back to the basics" and helping people learn about astronomy is something he really enjoys.  He and his wife Heidi have a new daughter, Rosie, who in her dad's eyes is the brightest star in the cosmos.

Mikael Granvik received his PhD in 2008 from the University of Helsinki in his native Finland. He is the Pan-STARRS PS1 MOPS postdoctoral fellow, and he is working with Robert Jedicke and his team that is developing the Moving Object Processing System for the Pan-STARRS project, which will survey the entire available sky several times each month. MOPS is the system that will find near-Earth objects--asteroids and comets--that may pose a threat to our planet. Granvik says, "The most intriguing possibility with an unprecedented survey mission like PS1 is the discovery of completely new types of objects."