2009 Jansky Fellowships Awarded

Dale Frail

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) Jansky Fellowship program provides outstanding opportunities for research in astronomy. Jansky Fellows formulate and carry out investigations either independently or in collaboration with others within the wide framework of interests of the Observatory. The program is open each fall to candidates with interest in radio astronomy instrumentation, computation, and theory, and prior radio experience is not required. Multi-wavelength projects leading to a synergy with NRAO instruments are encouraged.

We are pleased to announce that three new Jansky Fellows will be joining NRAO in the fall of 2009 and spring of 2010. Two of the Jansky Fellows will be at NRAO sites, Charlottesville and Socorro, and the third will be hosted at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In addition, Adam Leroy will be joining us in Charlottesville as a Hubble Fellow.


Hubertus Intema


Hubertus Intema, currently a Ph.D. student at Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, will be arriving as a Jansky Fellow at the NRAO in Charlottesville, Virginia this fall.

Huib expects to earn his Ph.D. in Astronomy from Leiden Observatory in June of this year. He now holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Astronomy from Leiden University, and a B.Sc. in Electronics from Hogeschool Utrecht.

Huib plans to conduct research and develop data reduction techniques and to study the steep spectrum radio sources that lie in clusters of galaxies. His research interests include diffuse radio emission from galaxy clusters, high-redshift radio galaxies, low frequency radio interferometry, calibration and imaging techniques, and algorithm development.


Nirupam Roy


Nirupam Roy will be joining us at the NRAO in Socorro, New Mexico in fall 2009.

Nirupam is currently working as a research scholar at National Centre for Radio Astrophysics-Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, in Pune, India. He expects to receive his Ph.D. in Physics from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in July of this year. Nirupam also holds a M.Sc. in Physics and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Bengal Engineering College.

Nirupam’s research will study the properties of the interstellar medium (ISM) including magnetic fields in dense molecular clouds, the temperature of the warm neutral medium, and magnetohydrodynamic turbulence in supernova remnants. His research interests also include H I spectroscopy and polarization, radio astronomy techniques, and interstellar medium turbulence.


Ran Wang


Ran Wang, from Peking University, will be hosted by the University of Arizona as a Jansky Fellow beginning spring 2010. Ran worked at the NRAO in Socorro, New Mexico under the direction of Chris Carilli as a pre-doctoral student from 2006 to 2008. She expects to receive her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Peking University by July 2009. Ran also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics from Peking University.

While she is a Jansky Fellowship at the University of Arizona, Ran will work on a series of observational programs to map the dust, gas, and stellar components in the z ~ 6 quasar-host systems at (sub)millimeter, radio, and infrared wavelengths. Her ultimate goal is to fully understand the evolutionary properties of the first quasars.


Adam Leroy


Adam Leroy has been awarded a Hubble Fellowship that he will bring to the NRAO in Charlottesville, Virginia. Adam is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy working on projects related to the NRAO large program THINGS (The HI Nearby Galaxy Survey) and conducting extensive millimeter-wave observations with the IRAM 30m telescope.

Adam holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of California at Berkeley as well as a B.A. in Astronomy and Astrophysics and Physics from Harvard University.

Adam will work on his research proposal entitled, “What Drives the Conversion of Gas to Stars in Galaxies?” Carol Lonsdale, Assistant Director for the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC), will serve as his Faculty Contact at the NRAO. With this connection to the NAASC, he will have access to professionals who can collaborate with him in combining millimeter and space telescope IR data to study galaxy evolution.