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Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street, Troy, New York 12180-3590 USA

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Jon A. Morse

Associate Vice President for Research for Physical Sciences & Engineering
Professor of Physics

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(518) 276-2542
jmorse@rpi.edu

Education:
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Astrophysics, 1992
M.S. University of North Carolina, Astrophysics, 1989
A.B. Harvard University, Astronomy, 1987

Career Highlights:

Associate Vice President for Research for Physical Sciences & Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2011-)

Professor, Department of Physics, Applied Physics & Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2011-)

Director, Astrophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters (2007-2011)

Senior Policy Analyst, Physical Sciences & Engineering, Office of Science & Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President (2006-2007)

Senior Scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (2005-2006)

Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Arizona State University (2003-2005)

Associate Director, Center for Astrophysics & Space Astronomy, University of Colorado (2000-2003)

Project Scientist, Cosmic Origins Spectrograph for the Hubble Space Telescope (1997-2003)

Research Associate, Center for Astrophysics & Space Astronomy, University of Colorado (1995-2003)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Space Telescope Science Institute (1992-1995)

Research Interests:

Current interests: Studies of star formation, high-mass stars, supernovae and supernova remnants, and active galaxies; shock waves and hydrodynamic flows; stellar and planetary systems and exoplanets; abundances; space mission and instrumentation; science policy.

Selected Publications:

1. Buchhave, L.A., et al., 2012, Nature, 486, 375. “An abundance of small exoplanets around stars with a wide range of metallicities.”

2. Green, J.C., et al., 2012, Astrophysical Journal, 744, 60. “The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph.”

3. Hartigan, P., Morse, J., 2007, Astrophysical Journal, 660, 426. “Collimation, Proper Motions and Physical Conditions in the HH 30 Jet from HST Slitless Spectroscopy.”

4. Morse, J.A., Smith, N., Blair, W.P., Kirshner, R.P., Winkler, P.F., Hughes, J.P., Astrophysical Journal, 644, 188. “Hubble Space Telescope Observations of Oxygen-Rich Supernova Remnants in the Magellanic Clouds. III. WFPC2 Imaging of the Young, Crab-like Supernova Remnant SNR0540-69.3.”

5. Morse, J., 2006, “The Role of NRC Decadal Surveys in Prioritizing Federal Funding for Science & Technology,” National Research Council/Space Studies Board Workshop of Decadal Surveys, Irvine, CA.

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