Two NASA Post-Doctoral Fellows Coming to UT Austin

30 March 2022

AUSTIN — NASA has selected 24 new Fellows for its prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP), two of whom are heading to The University of Texas at Austin. The program enables outstanding postdoctoral scientists to pursue independent research in any area of NASA astrophysics, using theory, observations, simulations, experimentation, or instrument development. Each fellowship provides the awardee up to three years of support at a university or research center of their choosing in the United States.

The Fellows coming to UT are:

Arianna Long, whose research project is entitled “The Role of Dark Matter in Growing and Quenching the First Massive Galaxies.” Long will be working with associate professor Caitlin Casey.

Seiji Fujimoto, whose research project is entitled “Decoding a Rosetta Stone for Galaxies at the Epoch of Reionization With JWST and ALMA.” Fujimoto will be working with professor Steven Finkelstein.

"From the quest for the first galaxies to the hunt for habitable exoplanets, this year's NASA Hubble Fellows seek answers to some of the most critical questions about our universe," said Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. "This is an incredibly promising group of young scientists, and I can't wait to see where their research takes them from here."

An important part of the NHFP is the Symposia, which allow Fellows the opportunity to present results of their research, and to meet each other and the scientific and administrative staff who manage the program. A lively and very successful virtual symposium was held in the fall of 2021, and organizers are waiting to make a decision on whether the 2022 symposium will be virtual or in-person.

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Media Contacts:

Rebecca Johnson, Communications Mgr.
McDonald Observatory
The University of Texas at Austin

Cheryl Gundy
Space Telescope Science Institute
Baltimore, Maryland

Arianna Long

Seiji Fujimoto