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Professor of Astronomy
California Institute of Technology

LYNNE HILLENBRAND is a Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Her research interests are in star formation, young stellar clusters, pre-main sequence stellar evolution, accretion and outflow, planet formation, young extrasolar planets, and debris disks. She engages with observations and data analysis from x ray to millimeter wavelengths. Current committee work includes as a Member-at-Large of the Astronomy Section for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and on the National Science Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences Science Advisory Commitee, as well as science advisory groups for the W.M. Keck Observatory and the Las Cumbres Observatory. Over the past decade, she has served as a Chair and a Member of the U.S. National Committee for the International Astronomical Union (IAU), on the NAS’s Astro2010 Decadal Survey “New Worlds, New Horizons” and its standing Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) as well as various NAS study panels, on NASA’s Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG) as well as several other NASA ad hoc committtees, on the Board of Directors of the Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), and on the Board of Directors of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP). Hillenbrand received her Ph.D. in astronomy in 1995 from the University of Massachusetts and an A.B. in 1989 from Princeton University.

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