Debra Meloy Elmegreen

 
 
 

Dr. Elmegreen is Professor of Astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She has been a member of the faculty since 1985. Her research interests include structure, interactions, and star formation in galaxies in the local universe and at high redshift. She observes in optical, near-infrared, and radio wavelengths. Her research often involves undergraduates, through URSI (Undergraduate Research Summer Institute) and KNAC (Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium).


Dr. Elmegreen is past president of the American Astronomical Society, the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. She was invited to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy at the Vatican Observatory in 2009, visiting with Pope Benedict XVI:papal visit papal visit2

As president, she testified on behalf of the AAS to the House Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies in 2011 and 2012.


Dr. Elmegreen was appointed by the National Academies to serve on the Decadal Survey Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics, whose goal is to set national astronomy priorities. The recommendations became public in 2010 at a webcast. She served as Vice-Chair of the National Academies’ Board of Physics and Astronomy. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012, and is Chair-elect of the Astronomy section.


Dr. Elmegreen chaired the National Academies study on Optimizing the U.S. ground-based Optical and Infrared Astronomy System in 2015. She is currently Vice President of the International Astronomical Union and Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors of AURA.




 

Professor of Astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair, Vassar College

 

Page first done August 1999 by Lauren Elmegreen, revised July 2015