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Rebekah Dawson

Shaffer Career Development Professor
Rebekah Dawson
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I am the Shaffer Career Development Professor in the Penn State Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, a member of the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, affiliate of the Center for Astrostatistics, and associate of the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences. I received my PhD from the Harvard University Astronomy Department in May 2013, supervised by Ruth Murray-Clay, and was a Miller Fellow in the Berkeley Astronomy Department. In the first half of 2023, I am on sabbatical at Carnegie Earth and Planets Laboratory in Washington, D.C.

CV: rdawson_cv.pdf

Research interests: Extra-solar planets, debris disks, dynamics of planetary and satellite systems, the Kuiper Belt, planet formation, signal processing

Courses: Astro 1: Astronomical Universe (Spring 2021), Astro 5: The Sky and Planets (Fall 2017), Astro 420W: Planets and Planetary System Formation (Fall 2022), Astro 475: Stars and Galaxies (Fall 2019; Fall 2021), Astro 577: Exoplanets (Spring 2018; Spring 2020; Spring 2022), Astro 585: Exoplanets (Spring 2016), Astro 589 (Fall 2016)

Current group members:  Emily Safsten (G6), Phoebe Sandhaus (G4), Lucas Brefka (G1)

Former group members: Andrew Shannon (senior analyst, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation), Sarah Morrison (assistant professor at Missouri State), Mariah MacDonald (assistant professor, The College of New Jersey), Jonathan Jackson (teaching postdoctoral fellow, Wesleyan University), Jiayin Dong (postdoctoral fellow, CCA Flatiron), Luis Nunez (teacher, Teach for America), Rory Bowens (Astronomy and Astrophysics, Class 2018; graduate student at University of Michigan), Paige Campbell (Meteorology, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Class of 2018; owner and founder of Quasar Creations), Michael Penwarden (Aerospace Engineering, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Class 2020; graduate student at University of Utah), Shirin Zaidi(Planetary Science, Class of 2020), Cody Shakespeare (Astronomy and Astrophysics, Class of 2020; graduate student at UNLV), Claire DiPerna (Aerospace Engineering, Class of 2024), Jonathon Hope (Aerospace Engineering, Class of 2024), Julietta Lucca (Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2025) 

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