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Paula Cleggett-Haleim

Headquarters, Washington, D.C. March 15, 1990


(Phone: 202/453-1547)

RELEASE: 90-38

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.

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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.

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