Dr. Willman received her B.A. in astrophysics at Columbia University and a Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Washington. She has been a James Arthur Fellow at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics at New York University, and a Clay Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Since 2008 she has been a professor of Astronomy at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Willman has been active with LSST for seven years, as chair of the Stars, Milky Way and Local Volume Science Collaboration, as lead author of the Milky Way chapter of the LSST Science Book, as a member of the Publication Board, and as a member of the Science Advisory Committee. Her research has focused on using the Milky Way and its neighborhood to further our understanding of dark matter and galaxy formation.
“LSST excites me because of the transformative impact it will have on our understanding of cosmic structures from the Solar System to massive superclusters, and because of the democratizing impact it will have on astronomy and astronomy education,” said Dr. Willman. “I’m thrilled for this opportunity to have a guiding hand in the LSST construction Project to help realize this vision.”
Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
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