Jane R Rigby

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Jane R Rigby

  • AST, STELLAR GALACTIC&XTRGLTC ASTR
  • 301.286.1507
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 665
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

     Dr. Jane Rigby is a civil servant Astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.  Rigby serves as the Deputy Project Scientist for Operations for the James Webb Space Telescope.  

    Rigby's full, current CV is here (PDF).

     


    Research Interests

    Star-forming galaxies

    Galaxies undergo vigorous bursts of star formation that quickly build up stellar mass, and may, through violent outflows, prevent future star formation. Such starbursts are rare today, but were common in the past. Dr. Rigby investigates these past starbursts, through multiwavelength spectroscopy and photometry.

    Gravitational Lensing

    Rare gravitational lenses act like "nature's telescopes", magnifying the background universe by factors of up to 100x, enabling Dr. Rigby and collaborators to peer inside normal galaxies at the epoch of galaxy assembly.

    Obscured Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)

    Much of the growth of supermassive black holes is hidden from us, due to large columns of obscuring gas and dust. Dr. Rigby studies these obscured active galactic nuclei, with a focus on their multiwavelength properties, and how to identify the subset that are highly obscured.

    Positions/Employment

    9 / 2010 - Present

    Astrophysicist

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD  
    9 / 2006 - 8 / 2010

    Spitzer Fellow and Carnegie Fellow

    Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, CA
    9 / 2000 - 6 / 2003

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow

    The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
    9 / 1996 - 5 / 2000

    Braddock Scholar

    Penn State, State College, PA

    Education

    Ph.D., Astronomy, March 2006, The University of Arizona
    M.S., Astronomy, May 2003, The University of Arizona
    B.S., Physics, May 2000, with Highest Distinction, Penn State
    B.S., Astronomy and Astrophysics, May 2000, with Honors and Highest Distinction, Penn State

    Awards

    2013 - Robert H. Goddard Award for Exceptional Achievement for Science
    2013 - Outstanding Alumni Award, Eberly College of Science, Penn State

    Other Professional Information

      http://www.janerigby.net/

    Selected Public Outreach

    http://www.janerigby.net/public-speaking/ 2012 - Present
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    Brief Bio

     Dr. Jane Rigby is a civil servant Astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.  Rigby serves as the Deputy Project Scientist for Operations for the James Webb Space Telescope.  

    Rigby's full, current CV is here (PDF).

     


                                                                                                                                                                                            
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