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March 15, 1990

HUBBLE POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM ESTABLISHED

NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), Baltimore, Md., in cooperation with astronomical institutions throughout the United States, have taken a major step toward creating the astronomy leaders of tomorrow with the inauguration of the Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The largest such program of its kind, the Hubble Fellowship Program will help ensure that some of the best young scientific talent in astronomy and physics will be awarded an opportunity to conduct important research on challenging discoveries using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The launch of the HST on April 12, 1990, will usher in a new "golden age" for astronomy. HST is the flagship of NASA's Great Observatories Program, where major scientific spacecraft will be lofted above Earth's atmosphere to yield an unprecedented view of the universe across a broad swath of the electromagnetic spectrum. The vast amount of information returned by NASA's Great Observatories will have an enormous impact on modern day astronomy. There will be a tremendous requirement for skilled astronomers to conduct research and analysis on the data generated by NASA's space astrophysics programs of the 1990's and beyond. The Hubble Fellowship Program will fund research

opportunities for a significant portion of the pool of approximately 200 Ph.D. astronomers that graduate annually. Up to 15 new Hubble Fellowships will be added per year, for 3-year terms. Eventually the program will support a pool of up to 45 astronomers annually. - more -2-

The highly qualified post-doctoral scientists selected for this program will have an opportunity to conduct HST-related research of their choice at participating astronomical institutions throughout the U.S. To avoid an excessive concentration of talent at any one astronomy institution, no more than two fellows per year are approved for any single institution. The Hubble Fellows will collaborate with university-based scientists on HST data analysis. As archival data becomes available from HST in subsequent years, future Hubble Fellows will have an opportunity to analyze this data as well. Candidates are selected annually on the basis of merit (publications, research proposal, academic achievements) after which the STScI Director makes the final selection. FIRST HUBBLE POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM RECIPIENTS Pawel Artymowicz, University of California at Santa Cruz Stefi A. Baum, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. Michael J. Bolte, University of California at Santa Cruz Laura Danly, Space Telescope Science Institute Andrew S. Fruchter, University of California at Berkeley Neal S. Katz, Princeton University Observatory, Princeton, N.J. Young-Wook Lee, Yale University, New Haven, Conn. Mario L. Matteo, The Carnegie Institute of Washington Charles C. Steidel, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena Manfred Vogel, Space Telescope Science Institute Rene A.M. Walterbos, The John Hopkins University Quinde Wang, Columbia University, New York, N.Y. Janet H. Wood, University of Texas at Austin

Brian P. Yanny, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J. - end Beginning March 15, 1990, NASA news releases and other NASA information will be available electronically on CompuServe and GEnie, the General Electric Network for Information Exchange. On the same date, NASA information on the Dialcom electronic service will be discontinued. For information on CompuServe, call 1-800-848-8199 and ask for representative 176. For information on GEnie, call 1-800-638-9636.

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