NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY ARCHIVES
Finding Aid to the Papers of James S. Ulvestad, 1984-1999
Location of collection: National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Archives, 520 Edgemont Rd., Charlottesville, VA. Phone: 1-434-296-0203, email: archivist at nrao.edu.
Title and dates of the collection: Papers of James S. Ulvestad, 1984-1999
Size of the collection: 3.5 linear feet
Papers/Records created by: Ulvestad, James S. (1955- )
Short description of collection: The Archives at The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is the repository for James S. Ulvestad's papers on Advanced Radio Interferometry between Space and Earth (ARISE), VLBI Space Observatory Program (VSOP), and the Voyager Project.
Biography: James S. Ulvestad received his B.A. in astronomy from University of California at Los Angeles in 1976, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in astronomy from University of Maryland in 1978 and 1991. He held a post-doctoral fellowship at National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) from 1981-1984, and from 1984-1996 was a member of the technical staff at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he was part of a team that combined radio telescopes on Earth with an orbiting radio telescope, and was a key member of the group that used the Very Large Array for telemetry reception from the Voyager 2 Neptune encounter in 1989.
Ulvestad joined the NRAO staff again in 1996, and served as Scientific Services Division Head, VLA/VLBA Operations, from 1998-2001, as Deputy Assistant Director for VLA/VLBA Operations in 2001 before serving as Assistant Director for VLA/VLBA Operations from 2001-2007, and as Assistant Director and Head of New Initiatives Office from 2006-2010. In March 2010 he became Division Director for Astronomical Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate, National Science Foundation.
He has been an elected member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Council, a member of the AAS Committee on the Status of Women, the AAS Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy, the National Research Council's Beyond Einstein Program Assessment Committee, and served as chair of the Demographics Study Group of the Astro2010 decadal survey in astronomy and astrophysics. He has been an NRAO representative to the U.S. Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Consortium, and an elected U.S. representative to the SKA Science and Engineering Committee.
[Biographical note written by Ellen N. Bouton, with assistance from James S. Ulvestad.]
Accession history: James S. Ulvestad donated the papers to National Radio Astronomy Observatory Archives in early 2007.
Access to collection: No restrictions. The Archives are open part-time; contact the Archivist for appointment.
Publication rights: Copyright has been assigned to The National Radio Astronomy Observatory. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist.
Preferred citation: National Radio Astronomy Observatory/Associated Universities, Inc. Archives, Papers of James S. Ulvestad, <series/unit/subunit/box #>. After the initial citation, abbreviations may be used: NRAO/AUI Archives, Ulvestad Papers, <series/unit/subunit/box #>.
Processing notes: Arrangement, description, indexing, foldering and boxing of this material by Evelyn Braintwain was begun in November 2009 and was completed in February 2010. During the processing, photocopies were made to replace newspaper clippings, fasteners were removed, and materials were removed from binders of various types. Duplicates were discarded. Most original folder titles were retained. The finding aid was created by Ellen Bouton with assistance from James S. Ulvestad.