CCA Director Julianne Dalcanton Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) has announced the members of its 2024 class of inductees. Among the honorees is Julianne Dalcanton, the director of the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Astrophysics.

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Dalcanton joined the Simons Foundation in September 2021. Her research specializes in the origins and evolution of galaxies. Most recently, she has worked with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to dissect images of nearby galaxies into millions of stars. Through these efforts, she has become one of the largest single users of the HST, most notably as principal investigator of a large HST Multicycle Treasury.

Before joining the foundation, Dalcanton served as chair of the astronomy department, a professor of astronomy and an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Washington. She earned a Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She completed postdoctoral training at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

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