New Views of the Cosmos, with Dr. Heidi B. Hammel

On Christmas Day 2021, the JWST was launched towards the Sun-Earth point of Lagrange 2. After several months of optical commissioning and development, the first images were broadcast worldwide in July 2022. JWST’s powerful infrared capability has revealed new insights, from our galaxy to the far reaches of the Universe. Over the following weeks, a steady stream of new data captivated astronomers and intrigued the public.

Please join the MIT Club of Washington DC and the Columbia Alumni Alumni Association Washington, DC at our hybrid event. We welcome Dr. Heidi Hammel, one of six interdisciplinary scientists who have advised the program since the official launch of the James Webb Space Telescope in 2002, at Busboys and Poets K Street, or online, where Dr. Hammel will explain why the JWST has been built, how this new facility is groundbreaking for astrophysics, and share the latest results from JWST, including public highlights as well as results from its own science program to explore the solar system with JWST. There will also be a live broadcast (virtual option).

This event is organized by the MIT Club of Washington, DC

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State Department Photo by Ted OsiusDr. Heidi B. Hammel is an interdisciplinary scientist with the James Webb Telescope Project, and she focuses on Webb’s theme “Planetary Systems and the Origins of Life”. As a planetary astronomer, she studied the outer planets of our solar system, as well as their rings and moons, with the Gemini, Hubble, Keck, Spitzer telescopes and others.

Hammel has extensive experience with Hubble observations of the solar system. She led the Hubble team that studied Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9’s impact with Jupiter in July 1994, with particular emphasis on Jupiter’s atmospheric response to collisions. His latest research involves studies of Uranus and Neptune with Hubble and other terrestrial observatories. She is an expert on these distant planets and was a member of the imaging science team for Voyager 2’s encounter with Neptune in 1989. Hammel was part of a team working to launch a mission to the solar system external over the next decade. . In 2020, she received the Masursky Award from the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society (AAS/DPS) for her service to the planetary science community.

She received her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1982 and her Ph.D. in physics and astronomy from the University of Hawaii in 1988. After a post-doctorate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, Hammel returned to MIT, where she spent nearly nine years as a researcher principal in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. She received the 1996 Urey Award from the American Astronomical Society for outstanding achievement in planetary science. She joined the Institute of Space Sciences in 1998 and maintains a senior research position there. She is now Vice President for Science at AURA.

Hammel is an award-winning science communicator, with a unique ability to communicate almost simultaneously at different levels, from kindergarten to university. She is particularly good at translating complex scientific concepts into language that is easy for the general public to understand. She also strongly believes in the value of public education and thinks it is one of the most important things a scientist can do. Hammel won the 2002 AAS/DPS Sagan Medal for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public, as well as the Public Understanding of Science award from the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California.

His biography”Beyond Jupiter: The Story of Planetary Astronomer Heidi Hammel“was published by the National Academy of Sciences as part of the series”Adventures of women in science.She was featured in Newsweek Magazine in 2007.

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