Dr. Kimberly A Weaver


Dr. Kimberly A Weaver

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  • Mail Code: 662
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Curriculum Vitae


    General X-ray Astronomy

    Active galactic nuclei (AGN) and supermassive black holes

    Starburst galaxies

    Participation in developing, planning and implementation of future X-ray observatories

    Supervision and guidance of graduate students

    Developing and promoting science press for NASA's space science missions


    PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS: American Astronomical Society, International Astronomical Union, American Physical Society

    COMMITTEES: Executive Committee of the High Energy Astrophysics Division (AAS), Committee for the Status of Woman in Astronomy (AAS), Constellation-X Facility Science Team


    hobbies include singing and acting in local area theater

    Positions and Appointments

    (2004-2005) Program Scientist for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (NASA Headquarters). Liaison to public affairs for the Universe Division (now Astrophysics Division) and division liaison for Education and Public Outreach.

    (2001-2005) Deputy Project Scientist for NASA's Constellation-X mission. Facilitated planning of NASA Science Updates for GSFC's Structure and Evolution of the Universe (SEU) missions

    (2002-2004) Served as president of The Goddard Employee Welfare Association (GEWA). Also served as a member of the GEWA council from 2000 to 2002.

    Previous positions include: Associate Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), Postdoctoral Research Associate, Penn State University (State College, PA)


    1993 - Ph.D., Astronomy, The University of Maryland at College Park. Thesis title: "The Complex Broad-band X-ray Spectra of Seyfert Galaxies"

    1990 - M.S., Astronomy, The University of Maryland at College Park

    1987 - B.S., Physics, West Virginia University


    AWARDS: 1996, Presidential Early Career Award, NASA Awardee;
    1991-1993, NASA Graduate Student Researcher's Fellowship, GSFC;
    1992, NASA Peer Award, Goddard Space Flight Center


    "X-ray emission from NGC 1808: more than a complex starburst", Jimenez-Bailon, E., Santos-Lleo, M., Dahlem, M., Ehle, M., Mas-Hesse, J. M., Guainazzi, M., Heckman, T. M., Weaver, K. A. 2005, A&A, 442, 861

    "Extranuclear X-Ray Emission in the Edge-on Seyfert Galaxy NGC 2992", Colbert, E. J. M., Strickland, D. K., Veilleux, S., Weaver, K. A. 2005, ApJ, 628, 113

    "Deconstructing NGC 7130", Levenson, N. A., Weaver, K. A., Heckman, T. M., Awaki, H., Terashima, Y. 2005, ApJ, 618, 167

    "Accretion and Outflow in the Active Galactic Nucleus and Starburst of NGC 5135", Levenson, N. A., Weaver, K. A., Heckman, T. M., Awaki, H., Terashima, Y. 2004, ApJ, 602, 135

    "RXTE and BeppoSAX Observations of MCG-5-23-16: Reflection from Distant Cold Material", Mattson, B. J. and Weaver, K. A. 2004, ApJ, 601, 771

    "A Chandra Survey of the Nearest Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies: Obscured Active Galactic Nuclei or Superstarbursts?", Ptak, A., Heckman, T., Levenson, N. A., Weaver, K., Strickland, D. 2003, ApJ, 592, 782

    "Discovery of Bright Variable X-Ray Sources in NGC 1569 with Chandra", Heike, K., Awaki, H., Misao, Y., Hayashida, K., Weaver, K. A. 2003, ApJ, 591, L99

    "The X-Ray Reflectors in the Nucleus of the Seyfert Galaxy NGC 1068", Colbert, E. J. M., Weaver, K. A., Krolik, J. H., Mulchaey, J. S., Mushotzky, R. F. 2002, ApJ, 581, 182

    "Chandra Observations of the Evolving Core of the Starburst Galaxy NGC 253", Weaver, K. A., Heckman, T. M., Strickland, D. K., Dahlem, M. 2002, ApJ, 576, L19

    "Extreme X-Ray Iron Lines in Active Galactic Nuclei", Levenson, N. A., Krolik, J. H., Zycki, P. T., Heckman, T. M., Weaver, K. A., Awaki, H., Terashima, Y. 2002, ApJ, 573, 81

    "Chandra Observations of NGC 253. II. On the Origin of Diffuse X-Ray Emission in the Halos of Starburst Galaxies", Strickland, D. K., Heckman, T. M., Weaver, K. A., Hoopes, C. G., Dahlem, M. 2002, ApJ, 568, 689

    "The Obscuring Starburst of NGC 6221 and Implications for the Hard X-Ray Background", Levenson, N. A., Fernandes, R. Cid, Jr., Weaver, K. A., Heckman, T. M., Storchi-Bergmann, T. 2001, ApJ, 557, 54

    "The Seyfert-Starburst Connection in X-Rays. I. The Data", Levenson, N. A., Weaver, K. A., Heckman, T. M. 2001, ApJS, 133, 269

    "The Seyfert-Starburst Connection in X-Rays. II. Results and Implications", Levenson, N. A., Weaver, K. A., Heckman, T. M. 2001, ApJ, 550, 230

    "Variable Iron Kα Lines in Seyfert 1 Galaxies", Weaver, K. A., Gelbord, J., Yaqoob, T. 2001, ApJ, 550, 261

    "An X-Ray MiniSurvey of Nearby Edge-on Starburst Galaxies. II. The Question of Metal Abundance", Weaver, K. A., Heckman, T. M., Dahlem, M. 2000, ApJ, 534, 684

    "X-ray Emission from the Prototypical LINER Galaxy NGC 1052", Weaver, K. A., Wilson, A. S., Henkel, C. and Braatz, J. A. 1999, ApJ, 520, 130

    "Detecting Compton Reflection and a Broad Iron Line in MCG-5-23-16 with RXTE", Weaver, K. A., Krolik, J. H. and Pier, E. A. 1998, ApJ, 498, 213

    "On the Evidence for Extreme Gravity Effects in MCG-6-30-15", Weaver, K. A. and Yaqoob, T. 1998, ApJ, 502, L139

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