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CEO and Director,
Planetary Science Institute
1700 E. Fort Lowell, Suite 106
Tucson AZ, 85719

520-622-8060 FAX

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Educational Background


1998 Juris Doctor, 1998
University of Arizona
Admitted to the Arizona Bar and practice before the Federal District Court: 1998
1986 Doctor of Philosophy
Department of Planetary Sciences
University of Arizona
1982 Master of Electronic Science
Department of Applied Physics
Oregon Graduate Center
1978 Bachelor of Arts, Honors College
Department of Physics
University of Oregon


2004-present CEO and Director
Planetary Science Institute
Associate Astronomer
Assistant Astronomer
Research Associate
Steward Observatory
University of Arizona


NASA Planetary Science Division Distinguished Service Award
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Minor Planet 4438 Sykes
1986 Gerard P. Kuiper Memorial Award

Professional Societies

American Astronomical Society (Division of Planetary Sciences)
International Astronomical Union
American Geophysical Union
European Geophysical Union
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Guild of Musical Artists
American Bar Association
Arizona Bar Association
Pima County Bar Association

Professional Service

2006-2009 Board of Directors, Astronomical Society of the Pacific
2003-2005 Member, NASA-NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee
2002-2006 Chair, NASA Planetary Data System Working Group
2002-2006 Member, AAS Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy
2001-2002 Consultative Member, National Virtual Observatory Science Definition Team
2001-2002 Chair, DPS Prize Subcommittee
2000-2001 Chair, Division for Planetary Sciences, American Astronomical Society
1999-2000 Vice-Chair, DPS
1996-1999 DPS Committee Member
1996 Program Chair, 28th Annual DPS Meeting. Tucson, Arizona
1995 Program Committee. 27th Annual DPS Meeting. Kona, Hawaii
1995 Chair, Small Bodies Section. NASA Planetary Astronomy Review Panel.
1994 NASA Planetary Astronomy Review Panel
1993-1997 Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) User Committee
1993 Organizer and Moderator, Space Energy Resource Utilization Initiative Workshop. Lafayette, Louisiana.
1992-1995 DPS Nominating Subcommittee. Chairman, 1994-1995.
1992-1995 NASA Planetary Science Data Steering Group. Chair, Spacecraft data rights subcommittee.
1990 Space Exploration Initiative Lunar Outpost Site Selection Strategy Workshop II. Johnson Space Center.
1990 Space Exploration Initiative Lunar Outpost Site Selection Strategy Workshop I. Johnson Space Center.
1989 Lunar Science Strategy Workshop (for the Exploration and Development of the Moon). Astronomy and Astrophysics Working Group. Johnson Space Center.
1989 NASA Astrophysics Proposal Review Panel.
1989 Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) Data Aquisition and Analysis (Pre-Flight) Review. Goddard Space Flight Center.


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