Monday, September 30, 2013

@AstroCanada for the Week of Sept 30 - Alex Parker

This week @AstroCanada features Dr. Alex Parker. Alex is an astronomer and planetary scientist at the University of California Berkeley.
His research interests revolve around the formation and evolution of planetary systems: Asteroid and Kuiper-Belt Object dynamics and surface processes, detection and characterization of extrasolar planetary systems and protoplanetary disks, and planetary geology. Alex also does some very cool visualization work.

You can follow Alex at his personal blog -

Sunday, September 22, 2013

@AstroCanada for the Week of Sept 23 - Jason Kalirai

This week @AstroCanada features Dr. Jason Kalirai. Jason is an astronomer at STScI, and studies the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies in the local universe. His current research interests involve imaging and spectroscopic observations of resolved stellar populations, such as nearby star clusters and dwarf galaxies.

Jason is also the  Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), NASA's next flagship astrophysics mission. To read more about JWST, please visit the STScI JWST page (for astronomers) and the Webb telescope site (for the public).

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

@AstroCanada Tweeter this Week - Dennis Crabtree

@AstroCanada - Week of September 16

The first person to take over the new @AstroCanada account is Dennis Crabtree, an astronomer with the National Research Council's Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics programs. Dennis is located at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, BC. He manages the time allocation process for Canada's three main offshore telescopes - CFHT, Gemini and JCMT. Dennis also maintains a database of papers published by the major telescopes and tracks these telescope's productivity (# of papers published) and their scientific impact (# of citations).